Special Issue "Innovative Design and Applications of Materials for Acoustically Performative Indoor and Outdoor Environments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Arianna Astolfi
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Torino, Department of Energy, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129, Torino, Italy
Interests: classroom acoustics; speech intelligibility; voice monitoring; concert-hall acoustics; acoustic materials; soundscape and sound insulation
Dr. Louena Shtrepi
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Torino, Department of Energy, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129, Torino, Italy
Interests: absorption; scattering; acoustics; simulation; noise; soundscape; performance-based-design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advances in acoustic materials research have been put in the spotlight since acoustic comfort as well as noise effects on health and well-being have become hot topics in the design process. Several projects have seen collaborations among designers and acousticians that address the aesthetical and acoustic issues simultaneously. Such issues have very often involved researchers and innovative industries proposing new solutions to materials design and applications for acoustically performative indoor and outdoor environments. The main design issues have led to recent studies on acoustic metamaterials, which result in applications which are very promising for the future. However, traditional materials also seem to offer new challenges related to sustainability and environmental impact. On one side, acoustic absorptive and diffusive materials and their combination are still subject to debate not only in musical performance spaces (e.g., concert halls) but also in more common acoustic environments (e.g., classrooms and offices). On the other side, in recent years, the interest on soundscape design in outdoor environments has placed the attention on the opportunities offered by the choice of facade materials and shapes in order to control noise in the urban environment.

This Special Issue aims to bring together contributions that could highlight the potentials of new materials and a combination of different acoustic properties in order to maximize their effects on the acoustic performance of indoor and outdoor environments.

The invitation for contributions is addressed at manuscripts in the form of research articles, review articles, and case study investigations that combine theoretical research and applications related to the design, modeling, optimization, fabrication, and acoustic characterization of acoustic materials. Moreover, submissions on real applications and simulations in different environments as well as subjective investigations on the effectiveness of the applications are strongly invited in this Special Issue.

Dr. Louena Shtrepi
Prof. Arianna Astolfi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Acoustic materials optimization
  • Sound absorption
  • Sound diffusion
  • Sustainable materials
  • Acoustic comfort
  • Noise control

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Acoustic Performance-Based Design: A Brief Overview of the Opportunities and Limits in Current Practice
Acoustics 2020, 2(2), 246-278; https://doi.org/10.3390/acoustics2020016 - 01 May 2020
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Current development in digital design, combined with the growing awareness of the importance of building performance, had drawn attention to performance-based design (PBD) in architecture. PBD benefits both design workflow and outcome, allowing one to control the performance of the design proposal since [...] Read more.
Current development in digital design, combined with the growing awareness of the importance of building performance, had drawn attention to performance-based design (PBD) in architecture. PBD benefits both design workflow and outcome, allowing one to control the performance of the design proposal since early design phases. The paper aims to explore its current application in the acoustic field, where its potential is still little exploited in architectural practice. A set of built case studies is collected and briefly analyzed with the aim to shed some light on the state of the art of the application of acoustic performance-based design (APBD) in practice. The analysis suggests that in order to encourage the application of APBD it is needed on one side to enhance the integration and interoperability among modeling and simulation tools, and on the other side to improve the acoustic knowledge and programming skills of the architectural practitioners. Full article
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