Place and Atmosphere

Un petit lien envoyé par Jean-Paul au sujet de ce centre de recherche “The Synthesis Center at Arizona State University” qu’il me semble bon de partager !

The Synthesis Center at Arizona State University asks how can we create environments that are richer but not more complicated, and how can we create environments that we would want to live in?

Directeur de l’équipe : Sha Xin Wei, Director, Professor, School of Arts, Media + Engineering. (Publications sur

Sha Xin Wei, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) at the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Dr. Sha also directs the Synthesis Center with colleagues in AME and affiliate research centers around the world.

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Place and Atmosphere

Regarding the creation of atmospheres, Synthesis Center researchers propose an approach comprised of theoretical discussion and experimental practice.  Working in tandem with the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University in Montreal, the Synthesis Center team will develop environmental situations conditioning a range of possible events that epitomize some of the vital questions emerging in reflection and conversation.

Atmosphere is not bound within physical parameters of place or form; unlike tangible objects, atmosphere is not confined. However, despite its amorphous nature, atmosphere can be precisely identified by such agents as vibe, flavor or ambiance. Individuals’ differences in sensitivity to aspects of an atmosphere notwithstanding, a profound sense of its ambiance can be shared and universally experienced. Although applying a label to a specific atmosphere may be challenging (it would be difficult to find one word that captures, for instance, the sensation of impatience on a train platform, the distraught energy behind the act of waiting), its feeling can yet be perceived and understood, transcending limitations presented by language, as well.

From conceptual analysis to ethnography, and the construction of digital/material environments to policies and technologies designed to intervene in local and global environments, the Synthesis Center’s work will bring together theorists and practitioners to articulate ideas about place and atmosphere through a synergism of interdisciplinary modalities.

Un workshop est annoncé…à suivre.

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Françoise Acquier (2014, 12 décembre). Place and Atmosphere. Le Cresson veille et recherche…. Consulté le 23 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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