Music: A Muse for Architectural Design Creativity


Authors : Fadeyi A. Ayomipo; Frank U.Fomah; Ganiyu O. Kamil; Tanimomo O. Victoria; Salau A. Idris; Bekeh B. Zifagha; Opoko A. Pearl

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 3 - March

Google Scholar : https://bit.ly/3TmGbDi

Scribd : https://bit.ly/3pfxjo6

DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7905783

Abstract : This study investigated the relationship between music and architectural design creativity. It examines the potential benefits and challenges of using music as an inspiration in the design process, as well as the influence of different types of music on creativity.The study was guided by a theoretical framework that integrates theories of music and creativity, with a particular focus on the function of music in enhancing operations that underlie creative thinking. This was strengthened with case studies of architectural edifices inspired by music, around the world. Purposive sampling was used to engage participants who have experience in architectural design, music, and education. Data was collected through questionnaires and the analysis included thematic analysis and descriptive statistics. The outcome of the study shows the benefits of using music during architectural design included; increased creativity, improved focus, improved concentration, and reduced stress and anxiety.It was also revealed that the selection of music used during the design process can be based on personal preference, random selection, genre-specific playlists, curated playlists and mood. While challenges such as music have been considered as a distraction or noise and personal preference differences for music genre existed when a team worked together in the studio. The implication of this is particularly relevant for architects, designers, and educators who can benefit from the use of music to enhance their creativity and optimize the design process. Hence, the study assertsa holistic approach to inspiration for architectural design that incorporates the use of music as a creativetool.

Keywords : Music; Architectural Design; Creativity; Education; Cognitive Process.

This study investigated the relationship between music and architectural design creativity. It examines the potential benefits and challenges of using music as an inspiration in the design process, as well as the influence of different types of music on creativity.The study was guided by a theoretical framework that integrates theories of music and creativity, with a particular focus on the function of music in enhancing operations that underlie creative thinking. This was strengthened with case studies of architectural edifices inspired by music, around the world. Purposive sampling was used to engage participants who have experience in architectural design, music, and education. Data was collected through questionnaires and the analysis included thematic analysis and descriptive statistics. The outcome of the study shows the benefits of using music during architectural design included; increased creativity, improved focus, improved concentration, and reduced stress and anxiety.It was also revealed that the selection of music used during the design process can be based on personal preference, random selection, genre-specific playlists, curated playlists and mood. While challenges such as music have been considered as a distraction or noise and personal preference differences for music genre existed when a team worked together in the studio. The implication of this is particularly relevant for architects, designers, and educators who can benefit from the use of music to enhance their creativity and optimize the design process. Hence, the study assertsa holistic approach to inspiration for architectural design that incorporates the use of music as a creativetool.

Keywords : Music; Architectural Design; Creativity; Education; Cognitive Process.

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