Carleton Surface Sounds

© Melanie Lee,  Kehinde Oyelola, Amanda Thomas and  Stephen Wolba 2013

How can sound in space be represented? This project is the development of a visual representation method for sound, in which the reader, or listener, is able to perceive the differences in spaces affected by materiality, proportion, and subject. The project visually represents sound in both a detailed individual format, as well as through a comparative format. The overall scope of the project can be broken down into 3 components: sound recording, visual documentation of site (material/scale), and visual multimodal representation/comparison (panel, website).

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I'm a historian, curator, teacher and designer living in Ottawa. In 2003 I completed a Harvard doctoral dissertation on the 18thC origins of the catalogue raisonné. Then I taught at Stanford University in California from 2003 to 2005. For the next six years I was Curator of European & American Art at the National Gallery of Canada. These days I'm involved in a variety of research, teaching, advocacy and design projects. For more information visit my web sites, including my personal blog ( that will take you to my other sites including Design Incubator (, Slow Ottawa (, Vision Zero Canada ( and Love 30 Canada (

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Posted in Carleton seminar Winter 2013

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The projects featured here were created by graduate students at the Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University, in a class that ran from January to April 2013. For more information consult the menu bar, or simply browse projects by category using the tag cloud.
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