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Soundscape and the Built Environment

Author : Jian Kang
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Soundscape Basics and Practical Implications Soundscape research represents a paradigm shift, as it involves human and social sciences and physical measurements to account for the diversity of soundscapes across countries and cultures. Moreover, it treats environmental sounds as a resource rather than a waste. Soundscape and the Built Environment is the first book to systematically discuss soundscape in the built environment. It begins with a presentation of theory and basic background, answering questions such as: what is soundscape, how is it important, and how does it affect people in terms of their health and perception on the acoustic environment. The book then sets out tools for implementing a soundscape approach, with measurement techniques, mapping, and good soundscape practices. It also delivers a series of examples of the application of the soundscape approach in planning, design, and assessment. Discusses soundscape and environmental noise Explores cultural variations and the way they influence soundscape Introduces binaural measurement technology and psychoacoustics Examines the physical, psychological, and physiological restorative mechanism of high-quality acoustic environments Presents soundscape mapping based on human perception of sound sources Includes real-world examples and case studies highlighting the key issues in soundscape intervention Soundscape and the Built Environment is written by a group of leading international figures and derives from a four-year EU COST project on Soundscapes of European Cities and Landscapes. It presents a consensus on the current state of the art and is not merely a collection of different views. It is written for acoustic consultants, urban planners, designers and policy makers, as well as for graduate students and researchers.

Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam

Author : Rachel Harris
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China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is experiencing a crisis of securitization and mass incarceration. In Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam, author Rachel Harris examines the religious practice of a group of Uyghur women in a small village now engulfed in this chaos. Despite their remote location, these village women are mobile and connected, and their religious soundscapes flow out across transnational networks. Harris explores the spiritual and political geographies they inhabit, moving outward from the village to trace connections with Mecca, Istanbul, Bishkek, and Beijing. Sound, embodiment, and territoriality illuminate both the patterns of religious change among Uyghurs and the policies of cultural erasure used by the Chinese state to reassert its control over the land the Uyghurs occupy. By drawing on contemporary approaches to the circulation of popular music, Harris considers how various forms of Islam that arrive via travel and the Internet come into dialogue with local embodied practices. Synthesized together, these practices create new forms that facilitate powerful, affective experiences of faith.

Noise and Vibration Control in the Built Environment

Author : Jian Kang
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This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Noise and Vibration Control in the Built Environment" that was published in Applied Sciences

Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments

Author : Runming Yao
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Climate change is believed to be a great challenge to built environment professionals in design and management. An integrated approach in delivering a sustainable built environment is desired by the built environment professional institutions. The aim of this book is to provide an advanced understanding of the key subjects required for the design and management of modern built environments to meet carbon emission reduction targets. In Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments, an international group of experts provide comprehensive and the most up-to-date knowledge, covering sustainable urban and building design, management and assessment. The best practice case studies of the implementation of sustainable technology and management from the BRE Innovation Park are included. Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments will be of interest to urban and building designers, environmental engineers, and building performance assessors. It will be particularly useful as a reference book for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the built environment field.

Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia

Author : John Whiteoak
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This book is unique in its comprehensiveness and its recognition of cultural diversity and community. In Dr Whiteoak's words: "Instead of taking a 'Who's Who' approach it will emphasise the what, when and how of music and dance in Australia as a more effective way of revealing the breadth, complexity and rich variegation of these related performance cultures. In creating a contents list that expresses this breadth and diversity, we considered the fact that all forms of music and dance activity in Australia have cultural significance or commonly appreciated meanings for one group or another." The book not only covers the history of concert music, opera and ballet in Australia; of music teaching, composition, instruments, venues, union activity; of Aboriginal music and dance and its appropriation, and all forms of popular and folk music and dance, but embraces the wide variety of immigrant influences from Europe, America and particularly the Pacific; sound art, computer music and electroacoustics; belly dance, debutante balls, subcultures, music videos -- and much more. Over 200 researchers contribute to each volume -- academics, practitioners and private researchers from all parts of Australia and beyond. The general editors are respected Melbourne musicologists. Dr Whiteoak's field is the history of popular music-making; and Dr Scott-Maxwell's doctoral thesis was in Asian and Pacific musical influences.

Frieze

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Technology and the Environment in History

Author : Sara B. Pritchard
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Aimed at students and scholars new to environmental history, the history of technology, and their nexus, this impressive synthesis looks outward and forward—identifying promising areas in more formative stages of intellectual development and current synergies with related areas that have emerged in the past few years, including environmental anthropology, discard studies, and posthumanism.

Colorado National Monument N M General Management Plan Mesa County

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Architecture Series Bibliography

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Destination Library

Author : Stichting Archis
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Bridging the Gap from Soundscape Research to Urban Planning and Design Practice

Author : Daniel Steele
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"A quiet city is not necessarily an interesting or successful one. The soundscape approach, which implies that the sonic environment can have positive and negative aspects, applies to a wide range of urban scales, from individual buildings and parks to the entire city; the approach also applies to plans, designs, and decisions made both before and after an intervention is done. Soundscapes contribute to a sense of place and encourage activities appropriate for the environment (e.g. marketplace sounds encouraging conversation and purchasing). Yet, despite the quickly growing body of evidence supporting the potential for improved urban sound quality, virtually no world cities are adopting soundscape planning and design initiatives in earnest, reinforcing a research-practice gap on urban sound. The gap is widened by differences in vocabulary, training, conceptualizations, resources, and shared literature.Shifting the focus from "city users" to "city makers", this study aims at understanding the ways in which professionals of the built environment (PBEs) conceptualize and integrate soundscape concerns in their everyday practices. Twenty-two PBEs from six countries in Europe and North America and from both public and private sectors were interviewed in a semi-structured format in four parts: (1) questions about the workplace and daily responsibilities, and a listing of technical factors key to the participants' work (e.g. historic preservation); (2) in-depth conceptual discussion on two factors from (1), one sound-related and one chosen at random; (3) setting the same two factors in context, i.e. how they were integrated in a recently completed project and one in progress; and (4) questions on information sources, demographic details, and a debriefing.Participants reported a responsibility to consider and integrate many technical factors in their work, of which a sound-related factor was always one. In terms of the way urban sound is considered, four primary conceptualizations emerged ordered by the extent to which they were described as being interrelated with other technical factors: noise as level; sound as mediation; noise as environmental pollutant; and sound as opportunity. Relevant participant characteristics affecting soundscape conceptualizations included organization size, location of work, and whether they identified as planners or designers. People were heavily relied on as information sources, and their strategies to access specialized knowledge depended on the size of their organization, among other variables. Implications are discussed for ways to bridge described gaps between the academic research on soundscape and urban planning and design practice, particularly through resources that are sensitive to contexts of work and the other identified variables. " --

Static in the System

Author : Meredith C. Ward
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In this rich study of noise in American film-going culture, Meredith C. Ward shows how aurality can reveal important fissures in American motion picture history, enabling certain types of listening cultures to form across time. Connecting this history of noise in the cinema to a greater sonic culture, Static in the System shows how cinema sound was networked into a broader constellation of factors that affected social power, gender, sexuality, class, the built environment, and industry, and how these factors in turn came to fruition in cinema's soundscape. Focusing on theories of power as they manifest in noise, the history of noise in electro-acoustics with the coming of film sound, architectural acoustics as they were manipulated in cinema theaters, and the role of the urban environment in affecting mobile listening and the avoidance of noise, Ward analyzes the powerful relationship between aural cultural history and cinema's sound theory, proving that noise can become a powerful historiographic tool for the film historian.

Built Environment

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The Soundscape of Modernity

Author : Emily Ann Thompson
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A vibrant history of acoustical technology and aural culture in early-twentieth-century America. In this history of aural culture in early-twentieth-century America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened. What they heard was a new kind of sound that was the product of modern technology. They listened as newly critical consumers of aural commodities. By examining the technologies that produced this sound, as well as the culture that enthusiastically consumed it, Thompson recovers a lost dimension of the Machine Age and deepens our understanding of the experience of change that characterized the era. Reverberation equations, sound meters, microphones, and acoustical tiles were deployed in places as varied as Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's office skyscrapers, and the soundstages of Hollywood. The control provided by these technologies, however, was applied in ways that denied the particularity of place, and the diverse spaces of modern America began to sound alike as a universal new sound predominated. Although this sound--clear, direct, efficient, and nonreverberant--had little to say about the physical spaces in which it was produced, it speaks volumes about the culture that created it. By listening to it, Thompson constructs a compelling new account of the experience of modernity in America.

Architecture Et Id es

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EDRA Proceedings of the Annual Environmental Design Research Association Conference

Author : Environmental Design Research Association
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Vernacular Architecture Newsletter

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The Natural City

Author : Ingrid Leman-Stefanovic
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Urban and natural environments are often viewed as entirely separate entities — human settlements as the domain of architects and planners, and natural areas as untouched wilderness. This dichotomy continues to drive decision-making in subtle ways, but with the mounting pressures of global climate change and declining biodiversity, it is no longer viable. New technologies are promising to provide renewable energy sources and greener designs, but real change will require a deeper shift in values, attitudes, and perceptions. A timely and important collection, The Natural City explores how to integrate the natural environment into healthy urban centres from philosophical, religious, socio-political, and planning perspectives. Recognizing the need to better link the humanities with public policy, The Natural City offers unique insights for the development of an alternative vision of urban life.

Sense of the City

Author : Canadian Centre for Architecture
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With essays by Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Norman Pressman, Emily Thompson, Mirko Zardini, Constance Classen and David Howes.

Five Village Soundscapes

Author : Bruce Davis
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ETUDE DES DIFFERENTS PAYSAGES SONORES DE 5 VILLAGES SITUES EN SUISSE, ALLEMAGNE, ITALIE, FRANCE ET ANGLETERRE.