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Urban acoustic simulation: Analysis of urban public spaces through auditory senses

Barakat, Merate


Merate Barakat
Senior Lecturer in Computational Architecture


This paper explores the sonic characteristics of urban spaces, with the application of apprehending acoustic space and form theory. The theory defines auditory spaces as acoustical arenas, which are spaces defined and delineated by sonic events. Historically, cities were built around a soundmark, for example, the resonance of a church bell or propagation of a calling for prayer, or a factory horn. Anyone living beyond the horizon of this soundmark was not considered citizens of that town. Furthermore, the volume of urban sonic arenas depends on natural. Digital simulation is necessary to visualize the ephemeral and temporal nature of sound, within a dynamic immersive environment like urban spaces. This paper digitally analyses the different morphologies of old cities and forms of growth in relation to the sound propagation and ecological effects. An experiment is conducted with the aid of an ancient North-African city model, exposed to a point cloud agent system. By analysing how the sound propagates from the known soundmark through the urban fabric, with the wind pressure interference; the paper compares the theoretical concept of soundmarks and the known perimeter of the ancient city.


Barakat, M. (2012, September). Urban acoustic simulation: Analysis of urban public spaces through auditory senses. Paper presented at eCAADe 2012

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name eCAADe 2012
Start Date Sep 12, 2012
End Date Sep 14, 2012
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2012
Publication Date Sep 12, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 587-592
Keywords urban public spaces, aural design, auditory arena simulation, soundmark
Publisher URL
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Cumulative Index of Computer Aided Architectural Design (CUMIN CAD)


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