Arch.Uth Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Arch.Uth Ελληνικά
Elective at semester(s) 6, 8, ECTS: 3



 This course presents the basics of physics and perception principles needed in order to understand sound propagation in outdoor spaces. It presents the sound  propagation properties, it gives tools and methodologies to evaluate outdoor noises and it aims at showing which urban forms can be used for noise mitigation and ambiance creation. More specifically, notions like sound pression level, hertz, octave, decibel A, free field propagation, facade insulation of a building will be explained. This course also presents more qualitative concepts like the Sound Identities of an place, as soundscape – Sonic Effect – Sound Object that can be considered as tools which can help architects to design new buildings.


The students evaluation is realised throught a small project that the student will present at the end of the semester. The objective of the project is to design an ephemerical pavillion to show the sound qualities of the city of Volos.


1.      Pierre Schaeffer (2017), Treatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across Disciplines, California Studies in 20th-Century Music, July 2017. University of Californiia Press Editions (Translation from French Christiane North and John Dack from Book with the same title, Editions du Seuil, Paris, 1966)

2.      Augoyard, J.F. and Torgue H. (2005) Sonic Experience : A guide to everyday Sounds, Translated by Andra McCartney and David Paquette, McGill-Queen’s University Press : Montreal & Kingston, London & Ithaca, 2005, ISBN-13: 978-0-7735-2548.

3.      H. Jarviluoma, M. Kyto, B. Truax, H. Uimonen and N. Vikman (eds.); Acoustic Environments in Change translation editor Bruce Johnson. Five Village Soundscapes, R. M. Schafer (ed.); translation editor Bruce Johnson, TAMK University of Applied Sciences, 431 p. ISBN 9789525264784.

4.      Jean-Paul Thibaud, Towards a praxiology of sound environment, in Sensory Studies - Sensorial Investigations [website], URL :

5.       Jean-Paul Thibaud, A sonic paradigm of urban ambiances? In Journal of Sonic Studies. Volume 1, n°1, 2011

6.      EvangeliaPaxinou. Δημιουργία ατμόσφαιρας στην αρχιτεκτονική. Μία πρόκληση στον σχεδιασμό του δημόσιου αστικού χώρου. Architecture, space management. Aristotelus Universιty of Thessaloniki, 2017. Greek.  ⟨tel-01527083⟩

7.      Meri Kytö, Nicolas Rémy, Heikki Uimonen, Françoise Acquier, Gabriel Bérubé, et al.. European Acoustic Heritage. [Research Report] 83, Tampere University of Applied Sciences; Phonogrammarchiv, the Austrian Academy of Sciences ; The multidisciplinary collective Escoitar; The Isle of San Simón Foundation; CRESSON. 2012, pp.108.

8.      Nicolas Rémy, Nicolas Tixier. Aτμόσφαιρες, αύριο. Ambiances, demain. Ambiances, tomorrow: Proceedings of 3rd International Congress on Ambiances.. Volos, Grèce. vol. 1 ; Vol. 2, International Network Ambiances ; University of Thessaly, 1015 p., 2016.

9.      Nicolas Rémy, Théo Marchal, Grégoire Chelkoff, Hengameh Pirhosseinloo-Amini, Jean-Luc Bardyn, et al.. Esquis'Sons ! Sketching soundscapes by using parametric tools: application to the design of balconies, loggias, terraces and corridors of building facades. Euronoise 2018, May 2018, HERSONISSOS, CRETE, Greece.