The new ISO-standard on ”Soundscape” - Maximizing the benefit for the Architectural design process

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    The new ISO 12913-1 introduces a conceptional framework for the ”Soundscape” approach and refers to ”factors relevant for measurement and reporting of soundscape studies, as well as planning, design and management of soundscape”. This emphasizes a common ground to Soundscape for Acousticians and Architects/Urban Designers (among others): for Acousticians to investigate sound qualities in relation to their specific context, and for Architects/Urban Designers to pro-actively implement sound qualities into their designs. However, both professions usually come from fundamentally different perspectives: Acousticians rather act as ”analysts”: they observe specific environments in order to derive findings, such as patterns, generalizations or rules; Architects tend to do the exact opposite and act as ”synthesizers”: they use patterns, generalizations and rules, in order to integrate them into the design of a specific environment. Consequently, the expectations and the outcome of a ”standardization” approach may differ significantly. The paper discusses the underlying triangulation principle of the soundscape-approach based on ”peoplecontext- acoustic environment” against a proposed similar triangulation of the Architectural/Urban design process based on ”programme-context-idea”. It explores the potentials of the Soundscape approach from an Architect’s view and the way it could be enhanced by an interdisciplinary approach as anticipated in the new ISO.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternoise 2016 (Proceedings)
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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