Aural Architecture Practice
Creative Processes for an Ecology of Affect

While the acoustic environment and urban soundscapes shape our everyday life, architecture practice usually neglects the experience of acoustic space in its design process. My research addressed the challenge of integrating the knowledge of acoustics and the experience of sound into architecture practice. Drawing from acoustic ecology, creative processes embody the aural experience of the environment into design methods. The research was based on my explorations of sound to create encounters between humans, non-humans and things, and relationships through acoustic space. It experimented with the physical experience of vital forces in environmental sound, enhanced by acoustic resonance, as a way of awareness of surrounding life forms, which are often gone unnoticed by human beings.

The research was carried out by the creation of four artworks, employed as practical case studies, to experiment with concepts such as: resonant soundscape, space as resonator (Vibrational Fields), space as interval (Radio Sonores), soundscape for attunement (Shores) and space as energetic geometry (Passage). The artworks were used to develop sets of design strategies to draw an aural architecture intervention. The first set guides the experience of site through context analysis, participation, soundwalking, field recording and sensory variation, for an operation of transformation of the ambiance dynamic. The second set offers different approaches in designing aural architecture through the recomposition of urban soundscape and architectural agency based in interval, resonance and energetic geometry, for an operation of translation. The third set concerns the acoustic spatialisation, for an operation of attunement. My research explores the enhancement of an innate capacity of attunement (Morton 2014) to self and other beings (human, non-humans, things). It results in the creation of a diversity of experiences of environmental sound enhanced by acoustic space, as a way to foster an ecology of affect.

This is the abstract of the PhD thesis which will soon be published here.