FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 390 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Performance Spaces
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 390
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The objective of this course is to introduce students basic knowledge about architectural acoustics. Integration of architectural acoustics knowledge in students’ architectural designs is aimed. Room acoustics and noise control are two main topics which will be covered in the lectures. In room acoustics part, students will learn how to design a hall considering surface materials and geometry to reach the required reverberation time values. Noise control part includes the principles of sound transmission and layers of building elements. Combining both, students will design a hall for music or speech. Students are expected to make their own calculations in Excel and create necessary tables.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to understand basics of sound and architectural acoustics.
  • will be able to make decisions on materials in conference halls and auditoriums to improve acoustics.
  • will be able to design the geometry of a concert hall and all of its elements (e.g. reflecting, absorbing and diffusing materials).
  • will be able to have knowledge about building elements’ (e.g. walls, ceilings, floors, etc.) layers and how to improve their sound reduction values.
  • will be able to calculate the reverberation time in halls.
Course Description Course is organized to make students understand how to integrate acoustics with architectural design. Lectures about room acoustics and noise control will be given. Readings about sound, music and soundscapes will be supplied and discussions will be held. Students will be expected to design their own hall (for music or speech purposes) by drawings and calculations. They will propose an initial design and improve it throughout the semester. The project submission is going to include information about sound absorption coefficients of materials, reverberation time, geometry of the hall and the layers of the building elements.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the contents and scope of the course
2 Building physics, sound and architectural acoustics Given readings
3 Room acoustics Given readings
4 Room acoustics Given readings
5 Room acoustics + Quiz 1 Given readings
6 Architectural acoustics + Assignments Given readings
7 Noise control Given readings
8 Noise control + Quiz Given readings
9 Student Projects Hall drawings and calculations
10 Student Projects Hall drawings and calculations
11 Student Projects Hall drawings and calculations
12 Student Projects Hall drawings and calculations
13 Student Projects Hall drawings and calculations
14 Student Projects + Presentations Hall drawings and calculations
15 Student Projects Hall drawings and calculations
16 Review of the Semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
  • Barron, M. (2010). Auditorium Acoustics and Architectural Design. (2nd ed.) New York: Spon Press.
  • Beranek, L.L. (1962). Music, Acoustics and Architecture. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Beranek, L. L. (2004). Concert Halls and Opera Houses: Music, Acoustics and Architecture. (2nd ed.) New York: Springer.
  • Cavanaugh, W. J., Tocci, G. C., & Wilkes, J. A. (2010). Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice. (2nd ed.) New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Everest, F. A., & Pohlmann, K. C. (2009). Master Handbook of Acoustics. (5th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Long, M. (2014). Architectural Acoustics. (2nd ed.) London: Elsevier Academic Press.
  • Mehta, M., Johnson, J., & Rocafort, J. (1999). Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Design. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Rossing, T. D. (2007). Springer Handbook of Acoustics. New York: Springer Science + Business Media.  
  • Schafer, R. M. (1994). The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. (2nd ed.) Rochester: Destiny Books.
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
30
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
1
50
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
5
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
16
3
48
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
3
6
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
1
15
15
Presentation / Jury
1
3
3
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
0
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

X
2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

X
3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

X
4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

X
8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

X
9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

X
12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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