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Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Spaces: Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Spaces


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Research on ambiances and atmospheres has grown significantly in recent years in a range of disciplines, including Francophone architecture and urban studies, German research related to philosophy and aesthetics, and a growing range of Anglophone research on affective atmospheres within human geography and sociology.

This series offers a forum for research that engages with questions around ambiances and atmospheres in exploring their significances in understanding social life. Each book in the series advances some combination of theoretical understandings, practical knowledges and methodological approaches. More specifically, a range of key questions which contributions to the series seek to address includes:

  • In what ways do ambiances and atmospheres play a part in the unfolding of social life in a variety of settings?

  • What kinds of ethical, aesthetic, and political possibilities might be opened up and cultivated through a focus on atmospheres/ambiances?

  • How do actors such as planners, architects, managers, commercial interests and public authorities actively engage with ambiances and atmospheres or seek to shape them? How might these ambiances and atmospheres be reshaped towards critical ends?

  • What original forms of representations can be found today to (re)present the sensory, the atmospheric, the experiential?  What sort of writing, modes of expression, or vocabulary is required? What research methodologies and practices might we employ in engaging with ambiances and atmospheres?

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Affective Spaces Architecture and the Living Body

Affective Spaces: Architecture and the Living Body

1st Edition

By Federico De Matteis
November 23, 2020

This book explores the notion of affective space in relation to architecture. It helps to clarify the first-person, direct experience of the environment and how it impacts a person’s emotional states, influencing their perception of the world around them. Affective space has become a central notion...

Rethinking Darkness Cultures, Histories, Practices

Rethinking Darkness: Cultures, Histories, Practices

1st Edition

Edited By Nick Dunn, Tim Edensor
October 29, 2020

This book examines the concept of darkness through a range of cultures, histories, practices and experiences. It engages with darkness beyond its binary positioning against light to advance a critical understanding of the ways in which darkness can be experienced, practised and conceptualised. ...

Sensing Art in the Atmosphere Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices

Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices

1st Edition

By Sasha Engelmann
September 29, 2020

This book engages artistic interventions in the aerial elements to investigate the aesthetics and politics of atmosphere. Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices traces the potential of artistic, community-driven experiments to amplify our sensing of atmosphere, ...

The Phenomenology of Traffic Experiencing Mobility in Ho Chi Minh City

The Phenomenology of Traffic: Experiencing Mobility in Ho Chi Minh City

1st Edition

By Glenn Wyatt
September 10, 2020

The book delves into the affective, embodied, and sensory dimensions of traffic and urban mobility. It brings together key phenomenological and post-phenomenological readings to challenge taken for granted assumptions of urban traffic. Through the experiences of traffic users in Ho Chi Minh City, ...

Music as Atmosphere Collective Feelings and Affective Sounds

Music as Atmosphere: Collective Feelings and Affective Sounds

1st Edition

Edited By Friedlind Riedel, Juha Torvinen
November 27, 2019

This book explores the atmospheric dimensions of music and sound. With multidisciplinary insights from music studies, sound studies, philosophy and media studies, chapters investigate music and sound as shared environmental feelings. This book probes into cutting edge conceptual issues at the ...

Places, Affordances, Atmospheres A Pathic Aesthetics

Places, Affordances, Atmospheres: A Pathic Aesthetics

1st Edition

By Tonino Griffero
June 20, 2019

This book offers a diverse understanding and practical approach towards the growing area of atmosphere research, in the context of philosophy, geography and architecture. It begins by tracing back to the model of experience called the "pathic". Drawing on the phenomenology of theorists Hermann ...

Atmospheres and the Experiential World Theory and Methods

Atmospheres and the Experiential World: Theory and Methods

1st Edition

By Shanti Sumartojo, Sarah Pink
August 09, 2018

We live in atmospheres, we talk about them and we move through them. They offer us an important route into comprehending several aspects of human life and experience, what is important to people, the environments life is played out in, and the processes of change and possible futures. Atmospheres ...

The Aesthetics of Atmospheres

The Aesthetics of Atmospheres

1st Edition

By Gernot Böhme, Jean-Paul Thibaud
July 25, 2018

Interest in sensory atmospheres and architectural and urban ambiances has been growing for over 30 years. A key figure in this field is acclaimed German philosopher Gernot Böhme whose influential conception of what atmospheres are and how they function has been only partially available to the ...

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