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Towards sonic urban morphologies: A modeling Nexus (WIP)

Barakat, Merate


Merate Barakat
Senior Lecturer in Computational Architecture


This paper is part of an ongoing research investigating the potential for creating a tool that integrates the theoretical spatial and soundscape design connections, to aid spatial designers when considering sound as a primary driver for urban design. The investigation is founded on establishing a relationship between aural architecture theories and the urban spatial experience and design. It also explores the merging of spatial and acoustical computational approaches, through integrating the physical/mathematical representation of sound to the mapping of the spatial envelopes and phenomena of human aural responses. The intent is the development and calibration of a computational design and decision-aiding tool that can predict qualitative patterns of aural spatial perception, and translate them into spatial attributes within a modeled urban space. The tool combines known urban modeling techniques with established acoustic simulation methods to produce qualitative aural spatial patterns that can aid architects (urban and event designer) to incorporate acoustic sensory manipulation during the preliminary design phase.


Barakat, M. (2015, July). Towards sonic urban morphologies: A modeling Nexus (WIP). Paper presented at SummerSim 15

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name SummerSim 15
Start Date Jul 26, 2015
End Date Jul 29, 2015
Acceptance Date May 21, 2015
Publication Date Jul 26, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords aural architecture, patterns, morphology, soundscape, geometric sound reflection, multi-agent based systems
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 2015 Summer Simulation Multi- Conference (SummerSim’15)