Roundtable: Sensory Diversity and Smart City

Proud to announce the first roundtable of the Acoustic Future Movement! We invite 4 pioneering practitioners who work on spatial sensing, interactive media and architecture, to discuss “Sensory Diversity” and business/policy/technology/educational supports.


03:50 Briefin on previous conversations

14:25 Tahmores: what does technology/smart device means to smart building?

17:00 Daniel: self-determinating capacity of blind person vs modifying a considerable environment

20:44 Yufan: designing options in our environments

21:31 Doris: what should be the baseline for our building? Are options controlled by additional elements (smart devices)?

22:42 Tahmores: reversed reverb requirement for different acoustic areas in buildings

23:40 Daniel: the more reverb a space has, the less distinctive it is – not just for blind person

25:03 Yufan: sound dampened rooms

25:12 Daniel: we need to find balanced ratio of sound absorption. This is true for children as well.

26:08 Alessio: there’s not a common understanding of user groups in architecture. How do we gather data and frame practice?

28:27 Tahmores: codes always change. We’ve been develop based on historial data we had.

29:16 Doris: how do we set up criterias/dataset, especially for most designers who is not sensitive to relative issues?

30:38 Alessio: wondering if any product strategies can be applied to the scenario of urban planning?

32:25 Yufan: we almost don’t have chance to test architecture like product. How do we gain data? 33:09 Melvin: tools we have today has much potential to show space, befor designs are made. It depends on our attitude to these tools

34:48 Tahmores: Technologies are helpful, and beyond that we should push more needs.

35:27 Melvin: it’s more of an neccessity vs an option. 36:26 Doris: there is a numbness in megadata we receive everyday in this age, happening to both visual and sound.

38:12 Karen: We can do more on educating architects. Who are we excluding from design?

39:26 Karen: there are much more people who lose sight at different levels(seniors), are affected by these issues than architects think. 40:36 Alessio: we too much focus on screen and eye, sound might be a future option

41:42 Doris: do we rely too much on these augmented senses?

42:46 Daniel: we are all presented with options, some human disciplines should come into play, on how we use techs.

44:02 Alessio: yes about smart devices there’s always issue like privacy. We should include that in education.

45:27 Yufan: limitation in education vs ignorance and lack of awarness in practice

46:37 Tahmores: not just on technologies, but also as designers – developing inclusiveness will make our practice richer.

48:07 Doris: should it/how do we change education of architect

48:36 Karen: it’s about giving students a feeling of being impaired. Let’s do the baseline and go beyond that.

50:36 Tahmores: the minimum requirement is not the code, and we need to change that.

51:28 Doris: Yufan what is your goal for your thesis?

51:41 Yufan: introducing thesis

53:04 Alessio: data by technologies will inform design deccisions and education

55:02 Melvin: multi-sensory device will be the biggest change as well as a new norm

55:54 Doris: what is multi-sensory device

56:03 Melvin: devices using our body and gesture

56:36 Yufan: moving around in real world is human’s instinct, and devices should allow that.

58:19 Daniel: there are potentials and depends on direction.

59:13 Alessio: as more technologies come, more issues like privacy emerge along with spatial data

61:17 Karen: multi-sensory device means choices and enlighting choices

62:34 Tahmores: we will see the effect once such technologies become dominant

63:38 Alessio: it’s a bright future and we need to do it the right way


Daniel Kish

President of World Access for the Blind

Daniel, who lost his eyes since childhood, is an expert in Echolocation. He utilize reflected sound as a way of understanding space. He focuses on facilitating “the self-directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness” and increase public awareness about their strengths and capabilities.


Tahmores Zandi, AIA, LEED AP的头像

Tahmores Zandi

Associate Director at S.O.M

Tahmores is a professional architect at S.O.M. Throughout years of practices, he focuses on architecture and construction, aiming at improving urban experience through built environment.

Doris Sung

Operator of DO-SU Architecture Studio

Director of USC Undergraduate Architecture

Doris is a pioneering practitioner on intelligent material, and she is the leader of dosu architecture studio and she is also the director of USC undergrad architecture. With smart material called thermal bi metal, she practiced on many artistic installations and intelligent facades.

Alessio Grancini

Prototype Engineer at Magic Leap

Alessio was graduated from architecture school of Politecnico di Milano and sci-arc, after years of practice, now he is working as prototype engineer at Magic Leap, focusing on AR/VR innovation and smart city.

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