Welcome to the first ever Sensory Environment Network (SEN) newsletter. SEN is the newest network affiliated with the International Association of People-Environment Studies (iaps). Officially launched in 2014 by the late Dr Victoria Henshaw and Dr Kevin Thwaites, SEN aims to facilitate networking and collaborations to advance understanding of how sensory information and experience can be incorporated into the development of environmental design theory and practice.
This newsletter will initially start as a tri-annual event, highlighting journal articles that have been recently published by SEN members, special edition calls for journal articles, upcoming conferences, and any relevant job vacancies. Importantly we want to celebrate the success of PhD students too who have just passed their vivas, so please let us know if that’s you or a colleague. Overall the newsletter will thrive through contributions from yourselves which we will disseminate, so please get in touch with all your related SEN news.
Each newsletter will shine a ‘spotlight’ on a SEN member, whereby we get to learn about each other’s research interests. The aim is to increase opportunities for collaboration and to maintain a community spirit in between meeting up at iaps or other conferences.
- International Conference on Environmental Psychology, 30th August – 1stSeptember 2017, in A Coruña, Spain. Deadline date for abstracts is 20thNovember.
- Invisible Places; Sound, Urbanism, Sense of Place, 7th – 9th April 2017 in Sao Miguel Island, Portugal. Deadline date for abstracts is 30thNovember.
- Landscape and Life, 3 – 5th May 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal. Deadline date for abstracts is 15th December.
- ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Health Problem, 18th – 22nd June 2017, in Zurich, Switzerland. Deadline date for abstracts is 15th January 2017.
- XIV Conference on Environmental Psychology, 21 – 24th June 2017, in Évora, Portugal. Deadline date for abstracts is 30th January 2017.
New publications by members
- Doughty, K., Duffy, M. & Harada, T. (Eds.) (2016). Emotional and affective geographies of sound. Emotion, Space and Society special issue, 20, 1-124.
If you have recently published and would like this added to the iapsSEN library and communicated in the next letter, please email us.
Call for papers
Sensory Design Review Articles
Description: A heightened interest in the role of the senses in society is rapidly supplanting older paradigms and challenging conventional theories of representation, which to date have prioritized the visual and textual over other media of experience. The Senses & Society is an international, refereed journal that provides a forum for the exploration of sensory communication and expression in history and across cultures. Highly interdisciplinary, it welcomes submissions from sensory history, the arts, sociology, anthropology, design, architecture, cultural and media studies.
Sensory Design Review Articles may address sensory design issues and experiences in areas such as: architecture, design history, industrial design, interaction design, interior design, landscape design, material culture studies, sensory aesthetics, urban planning and related design fields. For more info, please check their website and contact the relevant editor, Lois Frankel.
Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design
Deadline: 15th November 2016 for proposal submissions
Description: This book will explore how to assess, characterise and design urban spaces using a perceptual approach from various domains. Environmental and urban sciences aim at addressing the grand challenges posed by urbanization and globalization that modern cities are facing in terms of ecological issues related to sustainability. Sensory features are central factors in the debates concerning the city to improve the quality of the urban environment. Sensory cues in the perception of urban spaces, such as materiality, temperature, sound, light and odour qualities are increasingly considered as fundamental elements to place making. This book will gather theory and case studies on methods for data collection and analysis of individual responses about the experience of urban environments and will explain how such knowledge can inform the planning and design of public spaces to enhance people’s experience of the urban realm.
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Sarah Payne and Kevin Thwaites are the SEN convenors and can be contacted by email at SEN_convenors@iaps-association.org
James Simpson is organiser of the SEN library and will shortly have an associated email address.