Design of Soundscape and Built Environment
2018/2019, Semester 2
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: 4
On successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Apply basic knowledge for assessing a soundscape about user-centered design;
Appraise the soundscape in a wide variety of acoustic spaces;
Make basic acoustic measurements and determine the various indicators used for different areas;
Design and model aural environment.
The module is designed to raise students' awareness of the possibility to design with sound. It is intended to help the student to build their theoretical knowledge pertaining
aural architecture and soundscape studies. The students will develop an ability to formulate cohesive theoretical propositions, which will be demonstrated both visually and verbally.
In this module, students are introduced to the fundamental knowledge and skill on the integration of sound as a resource and element in architectural design and urban planning. We will examine the characteristics of sound: What makes sound in buildings and urban? How can sound influence the way people perceive in space? With this in mind, this module will be directed towards the model simulation and prediction of acoustic performance. Students completing this course will have a broad understanding of sound, aural architecture from physical, psychophysical and cultural perspectives, and the issues involved to develop change with the acoustic environment.
A part of the course focuses on the introduction of an emerged field, ‘soundscape’ design and studies in architecture and urban planning. The main components include integrating built environment and architecture, space, spatial perception, experience, and basics of sound analysis. Also, methodological aspects of soundscape studies are discussed within the framework of this module. This soundscape design is divided into two main sections.
The first section provides seminars to understand the core principles of the soundscape. Important topics include (1) introduction to the concept of soundscape; (2) physical properties of sound; (3) impact of soundscape regarding perception; (4) sound in the context of spatial design and planning; and (5) soundscape design approach?
The second section will delve into how can model the sound in space. Students will have hands-on experience in creating models, gaining through experience and reinforced during lecture an appreciation for their strengths and their shortcomings.
Attendance and participation in the lectures, discussions, and tutorial questions (Individual)
Assignment #1: My first sound library (Individual submission)
Assignment #2: Sound walk (Individual report)
Acoustic/Soundscape Design Project (Group presentation and report)
Peer- and Self- Evaluation (Individual)
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week