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id acadia06_403
authors Taylor, Justin
year 2006
title The Value of Arrhythmic Sounds in Isolated Space
source Synthetic Landscapes [Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture] pp. 403-409
summary This study examines the impact of bringing sound uninterrupted from outside a building into isolated spaces within the building. Is a silent space less or more productive than a space that is filled with normal outside sounds? Can bringing sound in from the outside, thereby allowing the users an uninterrupted connection to the outside without being in physical proximity of the exterior, make a difference in the work they do?Using music in these spaces has become commonplace. However, this research chooses to address sounds that do not mask the arrhythmic sounds of the world. These random sounds might break a person’s concentration, just as a bird flying by a window breaks one’s concentration. Even though these sounds of nature, vehicles, and people interrupt, do they give a greater sense of place than ambient music? Do these breaks in concentration help keep an individual oriented and aware of time while increasing both comfort and connection to the work being done?To test this thesis, students working in an isolated studio/classroom space will be subjected to the same sounds students in rooms near the outside would hear. Sounds will be provided by a direct audio link with the outside of the building. Student reaction will be evaluated by a series of observations and surveys that will focus on any differences in the amount of time spent on task, the sense of productivity experienced, the overall sense of functioning at a higher level and the interaction of student and professor.
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