Re-envisioning Audio Techno Culture: Synthesis of Design and Technology in Support of Communicative Architectures

By Karen Van Lengen and Joel Sanders.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Two architectural projects, Mix House and Sound Lounge, creatively integrate new technologies in the service of sponsoring alternative experiential and social relationships at the local level. The emphasis of these projects is directed at the increasingly isolated nature of the local culture. The domestic example, Mix House, seeks to augment our awareness of ‘place’ through the act of listening and recording environmental sounds. In turn, its audience can use this new information to creatively compose original soundscapes that may be actively shared by the family. The institutional example, Sound Lounge, seeks to bring new knowledge into this central space in a manner that provokes communal sharing among the school’s diverse population and special interests. Both these projects are made possible by the creative synthesis of architectural design and innovative technology.

Keywords: Sound Lounge, Mix House, Sound Showers, Technology, New Democratic Public Realm, Stimulation of Face-to-Face Dialogue, Local Environment

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.035MB).

Prof. Karen Van Lengen

Kenan Professor of Architecture and former Dean of the School of Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Karen Van Lengen, the Kenan Professor of Architecture, (University of Virginia), recently completed a ten-year appointment as Dean of the School. She championed the development of a fully integrated set of programs that address the Urgent Matters of contemporary society by reinforcing the synthesis of aesthetics and ecology in the context of today’s dynamic technological revolution. As the former Chair of Architecture, Parsons School of Design (New York City), she founded the legendary Design Workshop Program. In addition, Van Lengen has had a distinguished architectural practice, first as a Design Associate at I M Pei & Partners, and then with her firm, Karen Van Lengen Architect, New York City, that won numerous awards, including the first prize competition award for the American Memorial Library, Berlin. Van Lengen’s current research focuses on the integration of sound in architectural design. With her collaborator, Joel Sanders, they have developed polemical and real projects related to this research, including the MIX HOUSE, and Hearsay Hall. She is the author of several articles and books related to these subjects. Van Lengen received her B.A. from Vassar College and a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University.

Joel Sanders

Partner and Associate Professor of Architecture, JSA, New York and Yale University, New York City, USA

Combining teaching with practice, speculative projects with built commissions, Joel Sanders dedicates his work to the creation of innovative environments in response to today’s rapidly changing culture. JSA projects have been featured in international exhibitions including the Vitra Design Museum, MoMA NYC, SF MoMA and the Cooer-Hewitt National Design Museum. The firm has received numerous awards, including five New York Chapter AIA Awards, a New York State Honor Award, a 2008 Interior Design Best of Year Award as well as two Design Citations from Progressive Architecture. In addition to being the Principal of his New York based studio Joel Sanders, Architect (JSA), Sanders is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Yale University. Sanders frequently publishes his work and critical writings in international publications like Architecture, Interior Design, Architectural Record, The New York Times, Wallpaper, and A+U. He is the editor of Stud: Architectures of Masculinity. Monacelli Press released a monograph of his work, Joel Sanders: Writings and Projects, in 2005.


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