Special Issue "Architectural, Urban and Natural Soundscapes"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)
Prof. Dr. Gary W. Siebein
University of Florida, School of Architecture, 625 NW 60th Street, Suite C - Gainesville, Florida 32607, USA
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Interests: acoustics; architectural acoustics; classroom acoustics; soundscape design; urban design; architectural design; evidence-based design; performance hall design; sustainability; occupational noise; building performance
Soundscape theory provides a framework to unite the technical fields of architectural acoustics, environmental noise control, and psychoacoustics or the perception of sounds by people with architectural design and assessment of the inhabitation of buildings and urban spaces in a holistic manner. It bridges across disciplines including architecture, urban design, architectural acoustics, interior design, urban planning, psychology, hearing, music, neuroscience, linguistics and engineering among others. It also forms links between science, engineering, design and the psychological and social sciences as well as aural aesthetics and musical composition. Furthermore it provides the tools through which sound can be explored as part of a creative, interactive, inclusive and iterative process of design for individual buildings and urban spaces. Recent research has developed measurement tools, advanced computer modeling and simulation systems, mapping techniques, questionnaires and narrative interview techniques to qualitatively evaluate the soundscape, language to describe the soundscape, design strategies to enhance the soundscape as well as a number of case studies illustrating applications of the theory in the design and inhabitation of buildings, urban spaces, parks and natural areas.
This issue of Buildings will broadly address recent advances in the theory, technology, practice and applications of soundscape design in buildings and urban spaces. High-quality manuscripts will be accepted from all areas of soundscape design in buildings and urban spaces. We are particularly interested in papers that address issues including how soundscape design methods can enhance the architectural and acoustical design of buildings, urban spaces, parks and natural areas; historical soundscapes in buildings and cities; improvements in soundscape design and assessment methods including instrumentation, survey tools, simulation technology, computer modeling and mapping; case studies of designs and installations; artistic and aesthetic composition and/or evaluation of sonic architecture; and perceptual studies in applied soundscapes. We are also interested in case studies of collaborations among researchers, designers and practitioners in multiple disciplines working together on complex soundscape evaluations and designs. Articles developing theoretical/philosophical positions on soundscape in design; linguistic, cultural, semiotic and social and other humanistic areas of study are also encouraged.
Prof. Dr. Gary W. Siebein
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 300 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.
- urban design
- architectural acoustics
- acoustical design
- sonography, noise
- sound art
- sonic environment