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Graphical representation of sonic urban morphologies simulation interface for the design process

Barakat, Merate A.


Merate Barakat
Senior Lecturer in Computational Architecture


Although the interdisciplinary field of Soundscape was originally intended as a paradigm-shift for urban design, the process of designing the aural spatial signature of urban open spaces has not yet been made readily accessible to the designer in modes that align with architectural design procedures. This paper is part of an on-going investigation (Barakat, 2012; 2015; 2016a; 2016b) with the primary objective of developing a computational tool that generates qualitative aural spatial patterns and predicts the perceived aural spaces within an urban environment. The ultimate goals are to provide a spatial designer with 1) good estimated predictions of the patterns generated by the design, and 2) feedback for possible spatial alterations. To that end, this paper discusses the graphical representations of the mapping tool that are mediated by standard architectural processes and visual representation standards. These methods aim to show the spatial formation of the separate acoustic spaces that are centred on possible foreground signals, occurring within urban spaces.


Barakat, M. A. (2017, April). Graphical representation of sonic urban morphologies simulation interface for the design process. Paper presented at eCAADE RIS, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name eCAADE RIS
Start Date Apr 26, 2017
End Date Apr 28, 2017
Acceptance Date Jan 2, 2017
Publication Date Apr 26, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 5-14
ISBN 9781899895267
Keywords simulation, urban design, soundscape, aural architecture, soundscape ecology, multiĀ­agent based systems, sonic morphology
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : The Virtual and the Physical: Between the representation of space and the making of space