Special Issue "Soundscape in Architecture"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Acoustics and Vibrations".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Vogiatzis Konstantinos
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Guest Editor
University of Thessaly, Department Civil Engineers
Interests: strategic noise planning; noise action plans; urban noise; road and airport environmental noise; ground borne noise and vibration; soundscaping; metro and tramway airborne and ground borne noise; noise barriers and floating slabs for transportation infrastructure
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Dr. Remy Nicolas
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University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture CRESSON, AAU - Ambiances, Architectures, Urbanités
Interests: sound studies, soundscape, sound effects, sound object, room acoustics, building acoustics, strategic noise planning; noise action plans, sound and noise mapping, architectural sound design, urban sound design, sound sketch, perception of sound, ambiances

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For almost 20 years, the application of Directive 2002/49 on environmental noise has enforced a large number of construction stakeholders (architects, engineers, urban planners, artists) to make proposals in order to desing the sound environment by considering all the sound sources as perceived by a population. The concept of soundscape then became for the whole community a qualitative way to manage the sound environment when the sources are not all noise synonymous. Soundscape and Architecture is a special issue which then wishes to gather major publications on projects and achievements, which, from a theoretical and practical point of view, make innovative proposals on this issue : publishers expect a series of scientists papers who show the close links that architecture has with the soundscape. The area covered by the architecture of course refers to the buildings and its surroundings, but this special issue also wants to read proposals on the design of outdoor spaces and especially public spaces. The soundscape is analyzed according to its quantitative and qualitative dimensions and the proposed papers will highlight their multidisciplinary approaches (engineering sciences, building sciences, human and social sciences). Particular attention will be given to papers that show how architecture is constructed and drawn by soundscapes but also how soundscapes are produced and shaped by architecture. Finally, the special issue also aims to gather articles in different cultural and geographical contexts (on the 5 continents), be it at the scale of a building, a district, a city and/or a megalopolis.

Prof. Dr. Vogiatzis Konstantinos
Dr. Remy Nicolas
Guest Editors

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  • Soundscape
  • architecture
  • urban planning
  • buildings
  • design
  • sounds
  • noises
  • creation

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Open AccessConcept Paper
Acoustic Design Criteria in Naturally Ventilated Residential Buildings: New Research Perspectives by Applying the Indoor Soundscape Approach
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(24), 5401; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9245401 - 10 Dec 2019
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The indoor-outdoor connection provided by ventilation openings has been so far a limiting factor in the use of natural ventilation (NV), due to the apparent conflict between ventilation needs and the intrusion of external noise. This limiting factor impedes naturally ventilated buildings meeting [...] Read more.
The indoor-outdoor connection provided by ventilation openings has been so far a limiting factor in the use of natural ventilation (NV), due to the apparent conflict between ventilation needs and the intrusion of external noise. This limiting factor impedes naturally ventilated buildings meeting the acoustic criteria set by standards and rating protocols, which are reviewed in this paper for residential buildings. The criteria reflect a general effort to minimize noise annoyance by reducing indoor sound levels, typically without a distinction based on a ventilation strategy. Research has developed a number of solutions, discussed here, that try to guarantee ventilation without compromising façade noise insulation, but, currently, none have been adopted on a large scale. This concept paper highlights the main limits of the current approach. First, a fragmented view towards indoor environmental quality has not included consideration of the following acoustic criteria: (i) how buildings are designed and operated to meet multiple needs other than acoustical ones (e.g., ventilation, visual, and cooling needs) and (ii) how people respond to multiple simultaneous environmental factors. Secondly, the lack of a perceptual perspective has led acoustic criteria to neglect the multiple cognitive and behavioral factors impinging on comfort in naturally ventilated houses. Indeed, factors such as the connection with the outside and the sense of control over one’s environment may induce “adaptive acoustic comfort” opportunities that are worth investigating. The mere use of different sound level limits would not be enough to define criteria tailored to the complex user–building interaction that occurs under NV conditions. More holistic and human-centered approaches are required to guarantee not only neutrally but even positively perceived indoor acoustic environments. For this reason, this paper considers this apparent conflict from a soundscape viewpoint, in order to expose still unexplored lines of research. By underpinning a perceptual perspective and by contextualizing it, the indoor soundscape approach provides a framework capable of overcoming the limits of the traditional noise control approach. This could provide the opportunity to foster a wider adoption of NV as a passive design strategy that enhances user health and well-being, while enabling low-cost, and low-energy cooling and ventilation, thereby contributing to current climate change challenges. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Soundscape in Architecture)
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