Sonic engagement and the sound skyscraper

Beretta, L. (2012) Sonic engagement and the sound skyscraper. In: 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012, 19 August 2012 through 22 August 2012, New York, NY; United States.

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The domestication of the urban territory and the regulation of the public space have long been processes of architectural formation. The sensory deprivation of the spatial experience by the twentieth-century society encompassed a series of interventions that resulted in the silencing of the cityscape. At present there are three main characterisations of sound: sound as an object in space (noise and music), sound as an acoustic property of space and sound as art. In architectural practice, in particular, sound is largely studied from a scientific point of view in acoustical considerations, aimed at the control of the dissipation of waves in interior spaces. The paper presents recent theoretical and experimental doctoral research aimed at the characterisation of sound as a building material in spatial practice revealing a correlation between active/passive listening and the creation of space. The mere perception of sound often resulted in the determination of sound from a quantitative point of view and its characterisation as an element of nuisance (noise). The interpretation of sound elements, on the contrary, implied a qualitative determination of sound and its subsequent engagement led to the creation of a new mental space superposed to the physical underlying space.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active/passive, Doctoral research, Interior space, Mental spaces, Public space, Urban territories, Acoustic properties, Noise pollution, Office buildings, Tall buildings, Acoustic noise
Subjects: CAH10 - engineering and technology > CAH10-01 - engineering > CAH10-01-10 - others in engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts > Birmingham School of Art
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 17:58
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:11

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