Karen Van Lengen is an architect and the Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Recently, as a Fellow at the University’s Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities (IATH), she has been developing a project called Soundscape Architecture, which she describes as “an interpretative web-based project that listens to and records the sounds of iconic spaces of architecture, and then interprets them visually, acoustically, and aurally.” An interactive online streetscape allows users to engage with acoustically interesting spaces from around the world, explore the physical and experiential attributes that contribute to their aural uniqueness, and then engage with animated new musical compositions inspired by sounds she recorded of the building in use. The project, says Van Lengen, “is meant to highlight the richness of our aural environment and, in particular, the richness associated with specific iconic pieces of architecture.”
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