Date of Completion

Spring 5-3-2017

Campus Location


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Committee Chair/First Advisor

Kami Anderson

Faculty Advisor

Marietta Monaghan


This research is in direct relation to the accompanied thesis proposal conducted within the Department of Architecture by author, Michael Phaff, under the guidance of thesis Advisor, Marietta Monaghan. Upon examining local problems with urban fabric, a site and a cause to resolve has been identified. Examining the urban disconnect and architecturally related history and projects, this capstone addresses a condition not yet publicly identified of the site, sound quality of the pedestrian experience in a high traffic environment. Studies show increased health problems of residents living in close proximity to high traffic environments. The goal of this research is to determine the best design parameters of a sounding device through the exploration of acoustics and harmonics to impact the experience of the pedestrian in an inhospitable urban environment. The research will aid in determining whether the work of Helmholtz could become an architectural expression. Upon conclusion, a sounding vessel in the form of piping will provide the most interactive experience for the pedestrian. Piping captures sound and transports the sound waves in an auditory experience over larger distances as the frequencies separate into their distinct characteristics. Additionally, piping with open ends and punctures, has the opportunity to create sounds. Architectural expression can be observed with the multi-utilization of structure and the sonorous bodies performing multiple functions together.