12 Dec Soundscape in Architecture: Increasing importance of auditory friendly environments
As Karen Van Lenten FAIA, University of Virginia professor puts it “architecture has been traditionally regarded as a visual field“. Focus has always been on creating visually appealing structures, whereas in reality, spaces impact, affect and interact more than one sensories. In fact, only when one is able to enjoy and experience a space with all their senses can they be totally present in that space with degree of comfort.
Visual and thermal are usually designed for and mostly spaces are odour neutral, but what about auditory experience?? Building environment today lack design of soundscape in them, partially because most of the noise is accidental and cannot be taken into account in the same way as thermal. But due to changes of our life and work patterns, this discipline is more required than ever.
Need for soundscape design for individuals
Need for auditory experience for the community
More that often, it is seen that dialogues are getting hard to carry out due to ambient noise. Anything over 55db, human minds stops concentrating. For dense environments, where there are more than one conversation sources, human mind struggle choosing what to listen because of the limited auditory band. This phenomena is called as “Halfalouges” or half conversation and is one of the top causes of distraction.
Solving soundscape needs