Special Issue "Indoor Soundscaping: Integrating Sound, Experience and Architecture"

A special issue of Acoustics (ISSN 2624-599X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jian Kang

UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett, University College London (UCL), Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN, UK
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Phone: +44(0)20 3108 7338 (Ex: 57338)
Interests: environmental and building acoustics
Guest Editor
Dr. Papatya Nur Dökmeci Yörükoğlu

Department of Interior Architecture, School of Architecture, Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey
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Interests: soundscape; architectural acoustics; subjective ratings of livingscapes; indoor environmental quality and management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Built entity, sound environment and contextual experience of the user, together, form the indoor soundscape framework. This condensation of different aspects in one totalitarian approach leads to the design of this new research field. Through this perspective, users and their interactions with their environment become a dominant part of the evaluation process. These interactions reveal the details of how a space is used and perceived by occupants. In addition, spatial characteristics are very important for indoor sound environments and how sound behaves within a particular enclosure. Indeed, an enclosure is defined by walls, floor, and ceiling to be considered as an ‘indoor’ space. Therefore, architectural and room acoustics theories provide an important base for understanding indoor sound behavior. Therefore, architectural characteristics, objective sound analysis, and subjective assessment of user perception and experience, together, shows an overall approach addressing all variables of the indoor soundscaping framework.

This Special Issue aims to include original research that concentrates on soundscape analysis of indoor spaces, soundscape design of enclosed or semi-enclosed public spaces, acoustic comfort assessment of users, and on the effects of architectural elements on overall sound environments. Methods on psychoacoustic and temporal analysis of sound environment and soundscape perception analysis through questionnaires and interviews are within the scope of this Special Issue. Studies concentrating on the different measurement and analyses methods of the sound environment and human perception, in addition to studies on enclosed private and public spaces, such as transportation, residential, educational and recreational buildings, as well as health care facilities, offices, restaurants and shopping spaces, are all welcome.

Prof. Jian Kang
Dr. Papatya Nur Dökmeci Yörükoğlu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Acoustics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Soundscape of enclosed and semi-enclosed environments
  • Effects of architectural elements on acoustic formations
  • Improving the quality of indoor livingscape for the users
  • Archi-sonic analysis
  • Acoustic comfort in public spaces
  • Quality of experience within built environments
  • Indoor soundscaping methods and tools
  • Questionnaire design and indoor soundwalks
  • Recording, measurement and modelling of indoor sound environments

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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