The practical SoundLab for architects: sound parameters as a design tool

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    Abstract

    The experience gained from exploring the subject of Acoustics with architectural students in Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) suggests that a studio situation can be exploited and used as a case study for young designers to become familiar with basic sound phenomena. From phase 1 of previous research, the student "audiovisual design workshop" concluded that class rooms, that perform poorly acoustically, can help to strengthen the students' understanding of the sonic environment, in a way that the students were exposed day after day to high reverberation, low speech intelligibility, and the "Lombard" effect in their own studio. However, becoming aware of poor acoustics necessitates a creative follow-up: how to design and create good acoustics, or how to develop the environment as a "soundscape"? Consequently, phase 2 of our audiovisual design workshop introduced the practical sound lab: our students were required to design and to build acoustic panels for their own studio environment. These "prototypes" would be analyzed as part of an Acoustic Laboratory, with specialist advise.
    Original languageEnglish
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America / ICA 2013 - Montreal, Canada, Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 01 Jan 2013 → …
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4801005

    Conference

    Conference165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America / ICA 2013
    CityMontreal, Canada
    Period01/01/2013 → …
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