Space, time and acoustics
Author(s)Thompson, Philip R. Z. (Philip Reed Zane)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
James A. Anderson.
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This thesis describes the development of new concepts in acoustical analysis from their inception to implementation as a computer design tool. Research is focused on a computer program which aids the designer to visually conceive the interactions of acoustics within a geometrical~y defined environment by synthesizing the propagation of sound in a three dimensional space over time. Information is communicated through a unique use of images that are better suited for interfacing with the design process. The first part of this thesis describes the concepts behind the development of a graphic acoustical rendering program to a working level. This involves the development of a computer ray tracing prototype that is sufficiently powerful to explore the issues facing this new design and analysis methodology. The second part uses this program to evaluate existing performance spaces in order to establish qualitative criteria in a new visual format. Representational issues relating to the visual perception of acoustic spaces are also explored. In the third part, the program is integrated into the design process. I apply this acoustical tool to an actual design situation by remodeling a large performance hall in Medford, Massachusetts. Chevalier Auditorium is a real project, commissioned by the city of Medford, whose program requirements closely match my intentions in scope, scale and nature of a design for exploring this new acoustical analysis and design methodology. Finally, I summarize this program's effectiveness and discuss its potential in more sophisticated future design environments.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1988.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 156-159).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology