Acoustic Garden

Yufan Xie, M.Arch '21

ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research

Gallery: Critical Drawings, No Pens

Instructor: Lisa Little

As long as architecture has been taken as materiality and static visual medium. But space is dynamic, and multi-sensory. Nowadays, with emerging smart devices, we can create augmented spatial experience beyond mere visuals, to enhance sensory diversity by using acoustics. We heading to a future, where architects will design through spatial computing, for user-centered experience, in real-time and human scale.

Acoustic Garden applies spatialized sound synthesis to the physical world with handheld AR. When the virtual world is mostly hidden in sight, sound becomes the core of narrative and guides us to rediscover our surroundings. Listen, and discover, our movement distorts the soundscape in turn, constructing an augmented acoustic space. Find the sound, a virtual garden “bloom” above both the visual and acoustic world.