In harmony with Urban Sound
Master Thesis Project - Parsons School of Design
Advisors: Peter Robinson & Paul Goldberg


  • Lumion 6

  • Rhino & Grasshopper

  • Autocad

  • Adobe Premier

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

Duration: January - May 2020


  • CNC

  • Rice paper

  • Spray Paint

  • Butter Board

Cities have become more densely populated and as a result louder. Even though engines have become quieter, the quantity of mechanized infrastructure has grown. Research shows that noise pollution in the United States is more severe in communities with lower socioeconomic status, and in areas populated by people of color. Urban silence has become a valuable commodity.

Our senses: taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing, respond to every stimulus from the outside and send information all over our body. The acoustic environment in cities is a reality. From a conversation on the sidewalk to a construction site, we learn to selectively ignore them, but even when we do, when is it too loud? There are sounds that personify and evoke a mental portrait of a city, New York is the best example. The songs, the cars, the trains, the people, they all become part of the urban scape. By recontextualizing the real urban sound of a city, we can achieve a better quality of social gathering. Somewhere where we can listen to a symphony only New York can make.

Diagram with sound recordings studies from the site.

Site location

Site model 1:64

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Find more about the project and my findings through this process: 
Urban Echo by Oscar Shrag
Episode 2: Urban Sound & Architecture
An exploration into Sound and its effects on stress in cities through design.
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