Ambiances in Action at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

The second International Congress on Ambiances, entitled Ambiances in Action, follows the 1st International Congress on Ambiances – Creating an Atmosphere (Grenoble 2008), and as before, will be held under the aegis of the International Ambiances Network. The congress, organized every four years, is one of the network’s main events, an international gathering for researchers, artists and players engaged in analyzing the ambiance-related dimensions of the built environment and in the sensory construction of the contemporary world. The event will run for four days at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal from September 19-22, 2012, and seeks to express advances in learning and new hypotheses proposed by the various disciplines and fields of activity which address the question of ambiances.

Many approaches are at work in the field of architectural and urban ambiance, and these multiple contributions nurture its rich diversity. The International Congress on Ambiances aims to give voice to this activity, feeding on work exploring new forms of exchange between what is designed and what is experienced, between the measured and the qualified, the projected and the tested, the material and the immaterial. It also seeks to explore the various operational registers of ambiance, be they of an architectural, urban, social, aesthetic, artistic, political, technical, environmental or pedagogical order. In what framework(s) and by what process(es) do ambiances take effect? In what respect do ambiances contribute to transforming the built environment and changes in the contemporary urban world? How can we conceptualize ambiance on the basis of the effects it produces and the consequences it entails?

As part of the proceedings of this private event, Founding Partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro Elizabeth Diller presents a public lecture on September 20, 2012 at 7:00pm.

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