Harmonizing Urban Spaces: Exploring Social Architecture and Soundscape Approaches in Architectural Design


Author(s): Bikos Lynette*

Urbanization has led to the rapid transformation of city landscapes, impacting the quality of life for urban residents. In this context, architectural design has a crucial role to play in creating harmonious and livable urban spaces. This research article delves into the integration of social architecture and soundscape approaches as innovative strategies for enhancing the design of urban environments. By merging these two perspectives, architects can create spaces that not only prioritize functionality and aesthetics but also foster social interactions and sensory experiences. This article examines the theoretical foundations, practical applications, and potential benefits of harmonizing social architecture and soundscape approaches in architectural design, providing insights for creating more inclusive, engaging, and sustainable urban environments. Through this process, the students identified issues related to social architecture and soundscapes and developed soundscape design strategies to improve the quality of the public spaces. The soundscape design strategies were categorized into three groups: the introduction of desirable sounds, the reinforcement of desired sounds, and the reduction in unwanted sounds. This paper shows that the integration of social architecture into soundscape design education enables students to better comprehend the social–behavioral aspects of the environment and create more comprehensive and enjoyable public soundscapes.


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