Design to Manufacture workflows of sound scattering acoustic brick walls

Gabriella Rossi, James Walker, Asbjørn Søndergaard, Isak Worre Foged, Anke Pasold, Jacob Hilmer

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Improving the speech intelligibility in classrooms enhances information dissemination, institutional knowledge capture and quality of learning experience. While off-the-shelf solutions are available for acoustically retrofitting existing learning spaces, they do not allow for a fine-tuned context-specific intervention. This possibility is however enabled through bespoke digital manufacturing informed by advanced digital simulations. In this research we explore and synchronize architecture, acoustics, computation and fabrication for the making of better sound environments.

In this paper we present performance-driven design to manufacture workflows for sound scattering brick elements. We reimagine the brick as an acoustically-active geometry capable of modulating the sound experience in a university classroom, by improving speech intelligibility. We contextualize our research within existing methods of digital performance-based design and robotic fabrication processes, namely wire cutting and pick and place applications. We then detail digital methods that combine heuristics and acoustic simulation to design the bricks within the 3D modelling environment, as well as describe the processes of Robotic Oscillating Wire Cutting and Adaptive Pick and Place developed for the execution of the full-scale demonstrator. Finally, we report on the results of the acoustic analysis performed on the full-scale demonstrator in situ and laboratory measurements of a representative sample of demonstrator.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACADIA 2020 Distributed Proximities : Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
Publication date12 Aug 2021
ISBN (Print)978-0578952130
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2021

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