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The Sound Bubble: An Aesthetic Additive Design Approach to Actively Enhance Acoustic Office Environments
University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Institutionen för Konst (K).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0271-3472
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of 13th conference on Sound and Music Computing, Hamburg 2016, 2016, p. 253-260Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Moving towards more open and collaborative workplaces has been an emerging trend in the last decades. This change has led to workers sharing a common open space, with seating’s based on current activity, so called activity-based offices. Consequently, it becomes difficult to design sonic environments that cater to different needs in the same space. In this study we explored the possibility of adding site-specific but location-adaptive sound environments to enhance the experience of an activity-based office workplace. For this purpose, we developed the concept of the “sound bubble,” a micro-space in which the user is embedded by a semi-transparent sound environment. The purpose of the bubble is to help the user ignore irrelevant and disturbing noise while working in an open landscape. The sound bubble supports the user to stay in “everyday listening” mode, i.e., not focusing on anything particular in the surrounding environment while being able to keep a link with it. The sound bubble was evaluated by a total of 43 test subjects participating in an experience-based test, conducting their usual work tasks in an office landscape. Our results show that the sound bubble can enhance auditory work conditions for individual work requiring concentration.

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2016. p. 253-260
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Acoustic design, sound design, sonic interactive design, sonic micro-milieu, sound bubble, site-specific designed ambience.
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-6609ISBN: 978-3-00-053700-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-6609DiVA, id: diva2:1265934
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13th conference on Sound and Music Computing, Hamburg 2016
Available from: 2018-11-26 Created: 2018-11-26 Last updated: 2018-12-21Bibliographically approved

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