Urban Sonic Networking: Urban Design through Acoustic Sensory Manipulation
(Supervisors: George Jeronimidis, Michael Weinstock)
This thesis explores the sonic characteristics of urban spaces, with the application of space and form theory. The research aim is to design a network of urban spaces through acoustical manipulation methods. The design will formalise a set of sound management code regulations needed to manage sonic events of an existing urban setting. Digital computation and simulation are necessary methodologies to visualise, document and evaluate an ephemeral and temporal phenomenon such as sound within the dynamic immersive environment of urban public spaces.
Merate Barakat worked for PMA (Prescott Muir Architects), based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked on numerous projects that have received design AIA (American Institute of Architects) awards. She has received an MArch from the University of Utah, an MSc from the University of Nottingham and BSc from the Arab Academy of Science in Technology, Alexandria - Egypt Campus.