Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
critics: Drs. Marcos CRUZ & Marjan COLLETTI
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Joanna PAWLAS: Audiocrete is a peronal amplifying surface tailored to specific frequencies. Audiocrete was generated by parameters directly corresponding to the range of wavelengths of frequencies identified in the recordings of my own voice. The generated space constrains create constructive interference and amplify sound of my frequency spectrum. Audiocrete creates both spatial and acoustic experience, by framing a particular soundscape in both physical and aural way.
The design research was commence though digital tools: auralization software, simulation of acoustic output, as well as response testing of 1:5 prototype fabricated by additive manufacturing of concrete polymer.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JP: This research work was inspired by the pre-radar engineering of acoustic mirrors—relics of audible defence system—located at Denge and the question that subsequently emerged—Can architecture listen?—but soon developed investigating much more complex sonic typologies exploring sound as measure what provoked the approach for digital fabrication process as a central catalyst for design. Generally, I am mostly influenced by phenomenology as both philosophical and design current in contemporary architecture, however in a “digital edition.”
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JP: The main reading that accompanied me throughout the development process was Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds by Jean-Francois Augoyard and Henri Torgue (Montreal & Kingson, London, Ithaca: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005). Also, I find most stimulating the work of the contemporary musicians Leszek Mozdzer and Toshiya Tsunoda.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JP: Architects: Wolfgang Tschapeller, Achim Menges, Gramazio & Kohler, Foster+Partners, Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Artists: Gustav Klimt and Anish Kapoor. Directors: Pedro Almodóvar.