Interesting International Project on Acoustics in Architecture
Zerhan Karabiber
Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 80750, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey
Abstract (rest of article on weblink given above)
In the conservation and restoration of historical monuments, usually concepts related only with visual sense are taken into consideration. However, preserving cultural heritage should include, preserving of the acoustical heritage as well. Therefore, a project proposal, aiming to upgrade the architectural heritage concept, has been prepared by the close co-operation of seven entities from six countries. The participants of the project are YTU (Turkey), DTU (Denmark), UNIFE (Italy), EPFL (Switzerland), UNIGE (Switzerland), INRETS (France), UOM (Malta). This paper aims to present the CAHRISMA, “Conservation of the Acoustical Heritage by the Revival and Identification of the Sinan’s Mosques Acoustics”, research project carried on within the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission.
The goal of this project is the identification, revival and conservation of Hybrid Architectural Heritage (visual + acoustical heritages) in a real-time virtual environment. Sinan’s Mosques and Byzantine Churches, which are worship spaces well known for their good acoustical qualities, are chosen as the building types to be utilised for the realisation of that goal. Acoustical identification of the selected work will be done using all the possibilities of related fields; objective evaluations by measurements and computing, and subjective evaluations by psycho-acoustic surveys are aimed. Visual simulations will also be done including virtual humans. Then acoustical and visual systems will be combined in order to create a realistic virtual environment. These realistic environments, will then be used for evaluations, virtual restorations and virtual conservation.

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