Thoughts about soundspace, research and design

Richardson Bay provides rich resources in fish, invertebrate, bird habitats.We can take advantage of the food chains.

We notice that urban aesthetics include 2 parts, first is the visual sensation, and second is auditory sensation. Actually, we can see ordinary parks are where people enjoy sightseeing. We may ignore the sound influence on our emotion. So we did some research about Soundspace.I think it’s an interesting aspect about urban aesthetics.


1. Sound sources can be divided into tree parts:1)Natural sounds;2)Man-made sounds;3)Mechanical sounds.Natural sounds includes birds, dogs, wind and so on.

2. According to plenty of studies, the most preferable soundspace element is bird sound.

3. Birds sounds are perceived as restorative, and it can nurture sociality in the context of life with sight impairment.

Facial expression analysis system helps to evaluate urban sound landscape
From Effects of environmental sound quality on soundscape preference in a public urban space

As we can see, the positive effect and people preference of bird sound support our idea that we can emphasis the role of sound in a community park.If we create suitable habitat for those animals in Marin city, we can both enjoy interesting sight and hearing, like birds dancing and birds sounds, which we propose ‘Nature Theater’ concept.

However, I am a little confused. How to design with research? For example, I just know bird sound wave and energy, but I have no idea about how I can organize what we can feel but not see in our site. It is much easier to organize visual sceneries. Maybe I need to do more research about site itself and relationship between site and ‘sound’ inluding sound reflection, so that we can design it more logically.

From research to design is a great question for me.