SPATIAL PHONETICS

Sound continually surrounds us although its perception is at times subliminal. It affects us in physiological, psychological, cognitive and behavioural ways. The acoustic quality in a space can dramatically improve or hinder our quality of life, however, architects and interior designers still tend to focus exclusively on the visual aspect of form and ignore how auditory perception is affected by the spatial compositions they create.

The studio challenged students to design structures for open plan office space which could offer not only spatial enclosure but also acoustic attenuation. Students established an understanding of the relationship between sound, space, geometries and tectonics through a gradual progression of fieldwork and research, through experimentation with digital modelling and acoustic simulations and by working with materials and production processes in the making of one to one prototypes.

Canhui Chen

Ross McLeod

Sonya Parton

Pantea Alambeigi

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