Environnement sensible, architecture et espace urbain

Revue internationale en architecture, urbanisme et environnement dans une approche interdisciplinaire

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Revue électronique diffusant des travaux de recherche dans le domaine des ambiances architecturales et urbaines. Issue du Réseau International Ambiances, la revue porte le projet d’éclairer sous un jour nouveau les manières d’habiter et de concevoir le monde contemporain. Elle privilégie des approches expérimentales et participatives dans une démarche transversale associant sociologie, anthropologie, esthétique et écologie autour des problématiques liées à l'architecture urbaine et à ses mutations.


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Revue soutenue par l’Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales du CNRS


Revue ayant obtenu le label DOAJ

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Directeur de la publication

Daniel Siret

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Thomas Leduc, Anthony Pecqueux, Nathalie Simonnot, Daniel Siret, Jean-Paul Thibaud

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18 avril 2013

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Français, English

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26 semaines



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UMR 1563 Ambiances Architecturales et Urbaines
60, Avenue de Constantine
C.S. 12636
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Jean-François Augoyard, an explorer of the sensory world

Jean-François Augoyard is senior researcher at CNRS (France). After studying philosophy (research on Giordano Bruno), aesthetics and musicology (Conservatoire National of Lyon and Gregorian Institute), he started teaching in the French national education system. He then carried out his doctorate in urban studies and practiced urban planning in Paris. In 1975, he started a new path as a researcher in urban sociology and environmental anthropology, while he continued teaching in several univers...

For an aesthetics of ambiance

Why an aesthetics of ambiances? The answer to this question if far from being solely theoretical. It is associated with my personal career in research and academic teaching since the 1980s.
On the one hand, observing everyday ethos, through walks, landscape sensitivity, sound practices, the reception of architecture and street arts have revealed the ambiance as an essential way to question the substance of what is unseen, the nature of the background to the lived environment.
On the other hand,...

The Phenomenology of a Railway Expedition in China: The Gate, the Station, the Journey and the Arrival

Hosting more than two-thirds of the global high-speed train network, and growing at an unprecedented rate, China has become an interesting location for studying this infrastructure. In this paper, the authors begin by introducing some particularities related to the high-speed travel experience, in order to provide a general understanding of how it affects people’s perceptions of time and space. This is followed by an explanation of some peculiarities that have defined the Chinese case as uniq...

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn

This special issue of Ambiances seeks to address issues raised by the emerging theatrical paradigm within international scholarship on atmosphere and ambiance. On the one hand, the issue seeks to investigate why the theatre seems to present itself as such an acute example of what Thibaud (2015) has termed the ‘affective tonality’ of aesthetic experience for scholarship that is not necessarily concerned with the phenomenology of performance per se. On the other hand, the editors hope to addres...

Atmosphères en scène : le théâtre à l’ère du tournant atmosphérique

Ce numéro spécial de la revue Ambiances a pour but d’aborder des questions liées à la question de la production et la représentation des atmosphères et des ambiances au théâtre et qui émergent actuellement au sein de la communauté scientifique internationale. D’une part, ce numéro cherche à étudier les raisons selon lesquelles le théâtre semble se présenter comme un exemple flagrant de ce que Thibaud (2015) a nommé la « tonalité affective » de l’expérience esthétique telle qu’éprouvée par une...

TerriStories. Literary Tools for Capturing Atmosphere in Architectural Pedagogy

By recognizing the potential of literary language in the description of architectural atmospheres, this contribution aims to confront the shortcomings of conventional pedagogical approaches in architecture that often fail to provide an in-depth understanding of the experiential aspects of place. To contribute to the development of appropriate instruments of analysis and design to read and describe urban atmosphere, this article combines two main insights: first, that it is of crucial importan...

How atmospheres inform urban planning practice – insights from the Tempelhof airfield in Berlin

The fundamental subject matter of urban planning is urban space. However, this fact is rarely reflected in planning theory. Instead of dealing with the everyday use of urban space and its atmospheric perception, planning discourse is dominated by theories of action, which primarily focus on communication processes within planning practice. The role of urban space within these planning negotiations is often overlooked. By disregarding the feeling and sensing body/subject as being the base of a...

Phenomenographies: describing the plurality of atmospheric worlds

In recent years, the theory of atmospheres has extended beyond phenomenology and aesthetics, informing a wide variety of descriptive practices in the humanities. Diverse scholarly fields such as anthropology and architecture, musicology and art criticism now include the notion of atmospheric space in their methodological toolkits. The descriptive practices of lived space, however, entail several theoretical questions, concerning the potential and limits of giving voice to first-person experie...

Atmospheres in Urban Light

Inescapably spatial and located in experience, understanding atmospheres and their impact means close empirical attention to how they arise and are constituted, how they impress upon us, how they circulate and are shared, and what configures to make them feel differently for diverse people. In this article, we advance a dialogic autoethnographic methodology for attuning to, exploring and understanding atmospheres that accounts for them as they arise in the ongoing flow of experience of light....

Depicting Berlin’s Atmospheres: Phenomenographic Sketches

This article proposes an ethno-phenomenographic record combining writing and drawing. It examines a few contemporary atmospheres of the city of Berlin. We describe a selection of specific situations from the angle of sensorial experience and contextualize them with sociological, geographical and historical elements. Tackling some atmospheres characteristic of a city at a certain period of its history is not the same as trying to grasp the ways of living in it; therefore, our approach is neith...