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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 — 12:00 PM EST

Of the thesis entitled: Aural Landscape: Composing an Urban Park 

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Abstract: 
As a culture, the Western World has placed a negative stigma on noise, which has lead to the disregard of the urban soundscape. Researchers have been studying and theorizing ways of understanding the urban sound environment for many years, adding to the knowledge of listening. This thesis aims as a whole to act as a general tool to educate the public on the urban sound environment to aid in dis- criminate listening. Building on existing research, studies and theories on the urban sound environment it explores the cities inventory of sound possibilities from a psychological, sociological and architectural point of view and asks: what are the forms of constructed space that shape the sound opportunities of our urban environment?

Based on a review of the literature of soundscapes, aural architecture and sound waves and the exploration of precedents that explore sound installations and transcoding, multidisciplinary experiments were conducted involving sound, using quantitative tools such as acoustical software, frequency spectrums, soundclips, physical models, listening exercises, cymatics and mathematics. Findings from the experiments demonstrated new relationships between the urban sound environment and musical composition techniques.

This resulted in a final design study of Washington Square Park using a stochastic methodology from both an architect’s and com- poser’s point of view, resulting in a synthesis of layering that demonstrates the cultivation of previous research adding to the body of knowledge of our urban sound environments. Further reflection is done in the form of an essay on how sound research impacted the author’s psychological and sociological view not only as a designer but as a listener. This essay is a testimony to the significance of shifting our culture’s aural behaviour and encouraging continued research into our urban soundscapes.

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo

Committee Members:

Jonathan Tyrrell, University of Waterloo
Marie-Paule Macdonald, University of Waterloo

 

External Reader:

David Lieberman  

 


The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12:00pm in 2003 (Photo Studio).   

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
2003 - Photo Studio
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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