Bipolar Laddering Assessments Applied to Urban Acoustics Education

  • Josep LlorcaEmail author
  • Héctor Zapata
  • Ernesto Redondo
  • Jesús Alba
  • David Fonseca
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 747)


The role of acoustics in architectural planning processes is often neglected if the designer lacks necessary experience in acoustics. Moreover, few experiments till the date have brought audio design tools to the classrooms. A basic BLA (Bipolar Laddering Assessment) experiment is presented with architectural degree students showing that sound aspects of urban design are as important as visual ones. Additionally, this experiment indicates the basic guidelines for the improvement of a urban acoustic education tool which pretends to broaden architecture students insight into urban acoustic problems.


Urban acoustics Architectural education BLA Virtual reality 



This research was supported by the National Program of Research, Development and Innovation aimed to the Society Challenges with the references BIA2016-77464-C2-1-R & BIA2016-77464-C2-2-R, both of the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2013–2016, Government of Spain, titled “Gamificación para la enseñanza del diseño urbano y la integración en ella de la participación ciudadana (ArchGAME4CITY)”, & “Diseño Gamificado de visualización 3D con sistemas de realidad virtual para el estudio de la mejora de competencias motivacionales, sociales y espaciales del usuario (EduGAME4CITY)”. (AEI/FEDER, UE).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AR&M, Barcelona School of Architecture, Barcelona TechCatalonia Polithecnic UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Applied Physics Department, Physics Technologies CentreValencia Polithecnic UniversityGrao de GandiaSpain
  3. 3.GRETEL – Grup de Recerca en Technology Enhanced LearningLa Salle – Ramon Llull UniversityBarcelonaSpain

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