ARC 404-01 – A593– Aural Architecture

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Course No.: 18643

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 104

Meeting Day(s): Friday

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Faculty: Battaglia

Aural Architecture refers to the properties of a space that can be experienced by listening. An aural architect is someone who selects specific aural attributes of a space based on what is desirable. Spaces that induce such feelings as contemplative tranquility, heightened sensitivity, a harmonious and mystical connection to the cosmos, or exhilaration, or that support social activity, can be created if one has an understanding of the psychological effects of scale and dimension, material characteristics, and the continuity and geometry of spatial enclosure that create acoustical conditions.

We will focus our efforts on studying the acoustical conditions of classrooms and lecture halls, the spatial characteristics that create them, and the subjective feelings that may encourage attentiveness and class participation. We will also conduct field research to create a large data base of classrooms and lecture halls in the Buffalo area for future study.