Complex human auditory perception and simulated sound performance prediction: A case study for investigating methods of sound performance evaluations and corresponding relationship

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CAADRIA 2016, 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing, 2016, pp. 631 - 640
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© 2016, The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Hong Kong. This paper reports an investigation into the degree of consistency between three different methods of sound performance evaluation through studying the performance of a built project as a case study. The non-controlled office environment with natural human speech as a source was selected for the subjective experiment and ODEON room acoustics modelling software was applied for digital simulation. The results indicate that although each participant may interpret and perceive sound in a particular way, the simulation can predict this complexity to some extent to help architects in designing acoustically better spaces. Also the results imply that architects can make valid comparative evaluations of their designs in an architecturally intuitive way, using architectural language. The research acknowledges that complicated engineering approaches to subjective analysis and to controlling the test environment and participants is difficult for architects to comprehend and implement.
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