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Sound continually surrounds us although its perception is at times subliminal. It affects us physiologically, cognitively and behaviourally all the time (Treasure,J, 2012). 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, ignoring how auditory perception is affected by the spatial compositions they create.

One could argue, as a profession that operates primarily within the realm of representation, the continual reluctance or consideration of incorporating acoustic information into the early design process may be merely due to the lack of design tools. If designers were equipped with tools that could transform acoustic information into the familiar mediums, it may allow them to better understand sound and explore acoustic concepts.

The ultimate goal in this studio was to design a structure in an open plan office space which offers not only spatial enclosure but also acoustic attenuation.

Design Hub, RMIT Melbourne AU


mar - apr 2017

t e n x

spatial phonetics

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