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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2016 MFA Design and Technology program theses ➔ (In)Audible


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Scott Pobiner (thesis advisor)
Louisa Campbell (thesis advisor)
Aneta Genova (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)
Sin Lung Boris Yu (designer)


May 12 2016


Spaces communicate through the soundscape produced within it. The aural architecture of a space is a result of physical acoustics. Structural forms and contents in spaces alters the way in which particles vibrate and hence, how a space will sound. Premodern civilizations created architectural systems that focused on aural architecture, emphasizing the projection of oral communication. However, modernity saw a rise in civilizations creating architecture that focused on visual aesthetics. Present day acoustical engineering is given the least priority, often brought in once a building is completed or when the acoustics need to be resuscitated. (In)Audible is an interactive live-performance installation exploring aural soundscapes and their manipulation through dynamic architecture. Focusing on the cyclical relationship between sound and form, this study explores an approach where acoustic engineering is brought into the architectural design process. A site-specific composition serves as the building blocks for the form of a device meant to encapsulate a piano. The architecture and surfaces of (In)Audible are not static pieces, but fluid entities that audience members can manipulate to modify shape and acoustic properties throughout the performance. To change the aural architecture of a space and its influence on the public is to rethink the roles of those that reside in the space, the architecture itself, and how digital means of modelling and construction can bring us closer to our analog environment.




Sin Lung Boris Yu. (In)Audible. May 12 2016. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2016 MFA Design and Technology program theses. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 20 Jul 2019.

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