Aural Architecture Practice
Exploring Creative Tools 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 human experience of sound in architecture practice. Drawing from acoustic ecology, creative tools were developed to embody the aural experience of the environment into the design process of architecture. The research was based on my explorations of an aural architecture design of encounters between organisms and things, for their relationship through the sense of hearing and acoustic space. It experimented with the physical experience of vital forces in environmental sound, enhanced by acoustic resonance.
The research was carried out by the creation of artworks, employed as practical case studies, to experiment with concepts such as: resonant soundscape, space as resonator (Vibrational Fields), space as frequency (Radio Sonores), soundscape for attunement (Shores) and space as energetic geometry (Passage). The artworks were used to develop sets of research tools 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 frequency, 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, as a way to foster an ecology of affect.