Atmospheric Spaces is a project that does not deal with the word «atmosphere» from a meteorological or an earth-scientific point of view. It rather arises in order to provide a point of reference for everyone who is dealing with this subject matter from a phenomenological and aesthetical point of view, because, nowadays, there is no platform that attempts to collect and gather all news, events and publications on this topic. This blog is created with the aim of constructing a network and gathering a community that works together on this philosophical and transdisciplinary subject.

Atmosphere means, in this context, a sensorial and affective quality widespread in space. It is the particular shade or tone that determines the way one feels his/her surroundings. Air, ambiance, aura, climate, environment, genius loci, milieu, mood, numinous, Stimmung, Umwelt – all these words are names hiding, in fact, the founding idea of atmospheres: a vague ens or power, without perceivable and discrete boundaries, which we meet around us and which affects our lived body and even involves us. Studying atmospheres means, thus, a parte subjecti, to analyze the range of unintentional or involuntary experiences and, in particular, those experiences which emotionally “tonalize” our everyday life. A parte objecti, it means however to learn to critically evaluate intentionally (e.g. artistically) produced feelings and to avoid being manipulated by such feelings.


Director: Tonino Griffero (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
Coordinator: Marco Tedeschini (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
Executive Secretary: Massimiliano Napoli, David Ceccarelli (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Committee Members

Jean-François Augoyard (CNRS – Grenoble), Arnold Berleant (Emeritus – Long Island University), Mikkel Bille (Roskilde Universitet), Gernot Böhme (IPPh – Darmstadt), Christian Borch (Copenhagen Business School), Gabor Csepregi (Université de Saint-Boniface – Winnipeg), Christoph Demmerling (Universität Jena), Thomas Fuchs (Universitätsklinikum – Heidelberg), Michael Großheim (Universität Rostock), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University), Jürgen Hasse (Goethe Universität – Frankfurt), Timothy Ingold (University of Aberdeen), Rainer Kazig (LMU – München), Hilge Landweer (Freie Universität Berlin), David Le Breton (Université de Strasbourg), Juhani Pallasmaa (Helsinki University, Alvar Aalto Academy), Alberto Pérez-Gómez (McGill University – Montreal, Quebec), Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster – London), Hermann Schmitz (Emeritus – Universität Kiel), David Seamon (Kansas State University), Giovanni Stanghellini (Università “G. D’Annunzio” – Chieti; Universidad “Diego Portales” – Santiago), Jean-Paul Thibaud (CNRS – Grenoble).

Associate Members

Niels Albertsen (Arkitektskolen Aarhus), Guenda Bernegger (SUPSI – Swiss), Margit Brunner (University of Adelaide), Barbara Carnevali (EHESS – Paris), Vincenzo Costa (Università degli Studi del Molise), Federico De Matteis (Sapienza – Università di Roma), Madalina Diaconu (Universität Wien), Elisabetta Di Stefano (Università degli Studi di Palermo), Juan Elvira Peña (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid – ETSAM) Filippo Fimiani (Università di Salerno), Gianni Francesetti (Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy), Carsten Friberg (Freelance Researcher – Copenhagen), Dehlia Hannah (Arizona State University), Michael Hauskeller (University of Exeter), Klaske M. Havik (Delft University of Technology), Christiane Heibach (FHNW Basel), Yuho Hisayama (Kobe University), George Home-Cook (Indipendent Researcher), Christian Julmi (FernUniversität in Hagen), Steffen Kluck (Universität Rostock), Wendelin Küpers (Karlshochschule – Karlsruhe), Rita Messori (Università di Parma), Andrea Pinotti (Università degli Studi di Milano), Tiziana Proietti (Sapienza – Università di Roma), Andreas Rauh (Universität Würzburg), Friedlind Riedel (Universität Göttingen), Simon Runkel (Universität Heidelberg), Susanne Schmitt (LMU – München), Sara Asu Schroer (University of Aberdeen), Antonio Somaini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3), Anette Stenslund (University of Copenhagen) Silvia Vizzardelli (Università della Calabria), Izabela Wieczorek (University of Reading), Barbara Wolf (SRH Hochschule – Heidelberg), Penelope Woods (Queen Mary University – London).