Installer une Atmosphère

Abstract : With the growing volume of work on the sensory, the next step is to make room for the fragile, transient entities we refer to as ambiances. So what can be said about the sensory fabric of contemporary territories? How are we to account for the staging of atmospheres in urban spaces? What happens when the goal is not only to design a space but also to install an atmosphere? Installing an atmosphere involves both taking place and giving place, becoming part of a place and transforming it, making do with it while also animating it. Any ambiance is at one and the same time spatialized and spatializing. To make this general framework more specific, we may emphasize three main features: installing an atmosphere implies both an art of accompaniment (to take care of the ordinary permanences and of the sensory background of a territory), an art of impregnation (capacity to incorporate and to inflect tiny modulations in the sensory space) and an art of tonalization (to endow a place with an overall quality which lends it a certain physionomy).
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Jean-Paul Thibaud. Installer une Atmosphère. Phantasia, Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, 2017, Architecture, espace, aisthesis, 5, https://popups.uliege.be/0774-7136/index.php?id=789. ⟨10.25518/0774-7136.789⟩. ⟨hal-01878768⟩

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