Cacophony / Cadence

Thesis Project / UBC architecture / 2015

Operating on Vancouver’s Stadium Chinatown skytrain station, this project considers the potentials of architecture to engage through sound, acting as a hinge between the kitsch conception of listening and the acoustic ecologists comprehension of the soundscape. The site becomes a testing ground for a series of tools for acoustic retrofit. They aim to both highlight the value of the existing soundscape and create new opportunities by inserting moments of sonic differentiation. Motifs from music including pitched frequencies and rhythmic gestures are utilized to cue listening, combing obvious elements from music with the random fluctuations of a crowd.