with Derek Holzer (US/D)
and with Katrin Koov and her students at the Architecture Department of the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts
February 12-15  2011

This workshop focused on building up a critical vocabulary of tools, terms and concepts which the architecture students could use to address sound in their own future projects. Discussions focused on the kinds of “sonic effects” which can be experienced in the urban landscape and how these effects could be created, minimized, maximized, addressed or referenced by careful design and planning. Sound was to be considered neither as decoration to be added or problem to be removed but as an integral structural element to be considered in the same ways as other architectural elements such as light, mass, transparency etc. The first two days focused on the analysis of recordings made in various Tallinn spaces and sites, and on the last day students presented one-sheet architectural concepts which incorporated the terms discussed during the workshop.