Call for Papers: Journal of Architectural Education, JAE 73:1 Atmospheres
Theme Editors: Martin Bressani (McGill University) & Aaron Sprecher, (Technion Israel Institute of Technology)
From Yves Klein’s Fire Fountain, to Andrea Branzi’s interior spaces of No-stop City, to Nicholas Schoeffer’s Cybernetic Sculptures, to Francois Roche’s I’ve heard about, and Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project, a wide range of architects have searched for ways to produce experiential environments in which the object of architecture acts on the psychological condition at multiple levels. With increasing technological intensity, architects are capable of generating augmented realities, virtual worlds, and responsive environments. Projects are conceived of and produced at the convergence architecture and other fields of inquiry such as psychology, physiology, and neuroscience. All this combined with the extensity of information networks and the widespread use of mediated tools that regulate every aspect of our life, including our bodies, the atmospheric dimension of the architectural project calls for a redefinition of past theories from the phenomenological to functionalist approaches.
While the architectural model conventionally approaches the atmospheric dimension in terms of its influence on the senses, this issue of the Journal of Architectural Education proposes to revisit the idea of the atmospheric through the lens of the experiential economy, hypermediated culture, and the politics of global communities. What is the nature of an atmospheric architecture in the post-digital age? In a world saturated with screens of all kinds, how is architecture generating or reenacting atmospheric conditions? With the emergence of new forms of vision, often addressed as immersive, augmented, or engineered, how might the architectural field engage with scientific studies that question the potential psychological and physiological impact of architecture on human experience? While such transdisciplinary approach questions the capability of the architectural object to bridge the physical, artificial, and virtual dimensions of space, what would be the nature of an experimental architecture capable of influencing our sense of space, its materiality, and morphology? Further, what would be the conditions of its representation?
The Journal of Architectural Education, Issue 73:1 seeks Scholarship of Design, Design as Scholarship, and Micro-Narratives that approach the notion of atmosphere in architecture from its multiple aspects, to include the political, social, and/or cultural. What is the modus operandi of an atmospheric architecture? How would it be experimentally formed? What would be a pedagogical program capable of generating atmospheres as an objective? Submissions may include work that reveal the history and theory of atmospheres in architecture; report on new pedagogical and experimental models that question the impact of visualization, simulation, and fabrication technologies on the human perception of atmospheres; and/or examine design methods that transform our understanding of atmospheres.
Deadline: 1 August 2018