8th ISTD

International Symposium on Temporal Design

September 14-15, 2017
Bologna (Italy)

The symposium

The International Symposium on Temporal Design, held every two years, is an international forum for researchers interested in the Temporal Design Theory. It aims at going beyond the traditional design concepts, primarily concerned with issues of spatial design only, taking into account the temporal dimension of life too. This brings to a better blending of natural activities and human rhythms. To achieve "temporal design" one must approach design problems with knowledge of the "temporal dynamism" of the interactions between human creativity and its effects on the natural environment, and between human activities and built and natural environment. In particular, cultural development may favour a lifestyle pattern that does not attempt to go against the forces of nature. It is invaluable the contribution that this approach can give to architecture, engineering, pedagogy, psychology, and many other disciplines.

Important dates

June 30, 2017

Abstract (500 words)

September 14-15, 2017

Symposium in Bologna

November 30, 2017

Full paper (peer reviewed)

Technical program

The book of abstract is available here.
September 13, 2017

18:00-20:00 Early registration and welcome cocktail

September 14, 2017

8:30 Registration

9:00 Opening Ceremony
Opening Talk

9.30 Yoichi Ando (Kobe University, Japan): Maximizing preference and minimizing stress of life

Keynote 1

10.00 Alessandro Cocchi (DIN University of Bologna, Italy): From Felsina to Bologna: historical development and temporal design


10.50 Yoichi Ando (Kobe University, Japan): Stress and preference factors determining the dialysis introduction age

11.10 Sergio Luzzi (Vie en.ro.se. Ingegneria, Firenze, Italy) et al.: Acoustics and global comfort in the habitat of Anthropocene

11.30 Giuseppe Salamone (Studio Salamone, Pistoia, Italy): The holistic approach to habitat design

11.50 Luigi Bartolomei (DA University of Bologna, Italy): The silence of cemeteries, the silence of landscape

13:15--14:00 Technical tour at Comunale Theatre
Keynote 2

14.00 Elvira Di Bona (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel): The Rich View of Auditory Experience


14.30 Vincenzo Santarcangelo (Politecnico di Torino, Italy): Auditory Objects: a new way to define old things

14.50 Lapo Boschi (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris) et al.: On the perception of audified seismic data

15.10 Vincent Meelberg (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands): Sound to Support Medicine: Designing Hospital Auditory Environments

15.30 Gilles Barberis (L'immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, Italy): An historical and technological journey to multichannel sound for film

15.50 Franz Policardi (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia): The use of spherical and pseudospherical microphones in high quality sound recordings

16:10--16:30 Poster session (Student Design Competition)

Alice Gaddi: Preserving memory. The reclamation project for the old Cinema Savoia in San Giacomo delle Segnate

Lucia Di Leva: Study of comfort level of historical heating system and development of not invasive systems for the improvement of the comfort level of existing dwellings

Maria Giuditta Nerla: Composite technology for an innovative student’s pavilion: energy, daylight analysis and a new concept of sustainability

Sofia Nannini: Maurizio Sacripanti's Theater in Motion (1964--1965). The Organization of Time and Space

Elena Rossi: Improving working comfort in an open plan office

Federico Santangelo, Antonella Parlapiano: Podestà Hall, a sound renovation


16.30 Giovanni Brambilla (CNR-Institute of Acoustics and Sensors ``O.M. Corbino'', Rome, Italy) et al.: The perceived quality of soundscape in the archeological area of ``Foro Romano'' in Rome

16.50 Cristina Calleri (DAD Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy) et al.: On the influence of soundscape and lightscape design of public spaces on safety and social presence perception

17.10 Enrico Reatti (Acoustic consultant, S. Pietro in Casale (BO), Italy): Expeditious and diffuse city noise mapping method on light zero emission vehicles

17.30 Marcel Cobussen (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, The Nederlands): Adding Complexity to Current Sound Studies on Public Urban Spaces

17.50 Alessia Milo, Joshua D. Reiss (Media and Arts Technology Lab., Queen Mary University, London, UK):Eliciting acoustic design thinking with soundwalks and an interactive textile sonic map

18:30--19:30 Technical tour at L'immagine Ritrovata film restoring laboratory (Via Riva di Reno, 72).
20:00 Social dinner
September 15, 2017

8:30 Registration

Keynote 3

9.00 Valentina A. Girelli (DICAM University of Bologna, Italy): The modern 3D digital geomatic techniques and their potential for the acoustic modeling

Oral Session 4: MUSIC THINKING

9.30 Riccardo Wanke (CESEM University ‘Nova’ of Lisbon, Portugal): A study of perceptual assessments of sound in current experimental music genres

9.50 Ken Ito (Tokyo University, Japan): Dynamical Fundamentals of Music Thinking beyond d'Alembert Statics

10.10 Marcellino Garau (Accademia di Belle Arti di Sassari, Italy) and Michele Congiu (Engineer, Quartu S.Elena, Italy) : Scores of architecture


10.50 Ryota Shimokura (Shimane University, Japan): Problem-solving researches on hearing aid

11.10 Nicola Prodi (University of Ferrara, Italy): Using time in the evaluation of effortful speech recognition

11.30 Federica Morandi (DIN University of Bologna, Italy) et al.: Envelope extraction for early decay estimation: a subjective survey

11.50 Leonardo Gabrielli (DII Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy): The recent shift in Machine Hearing: from Engineered Features to Time-Domain Raw Audio Processing

12.10 Jin Yong Jeon (Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea): ACF-based scream classification for detecting hazardous situations

12.30 Anna Rovigatti (DIN University of Bologna, Italy): MIMO auralisations of Comunale Theatre in Bologna

Keynote 4

14.00 Andrea Prato(INRiM, Turin, Italy): Low frequency noise: an overview of laboratory investigations on human perception and building acoustics measurements


14.30 Lorenzo Rizzi (Suonoevita Ingegneria, Lecco, Italy) et al.: Measurement of reverberation times against modal decay times in an empty bedroom

14.50 Donato Masci (Studio Sound Service sas, Impruneta, Italy): Low Frequency Analysis for recording studio design

15.10 Brian Hamilton (University of Edinburgh, UK): FDTD simulation of room acoustics: recent developments and application to auralisation of Italian opera house

15.30 Roberto Magalotti (B&C Speakers, Bagno a Ripoli, Italy): Designing for Stability in Low-Frequency Loudspeaker Drivers

15.50 Ken Ito (University of Tokyo, Japan): Several Characteristics of film speakers

16:10--16:30 Student Design Competition
Special Session: PERFORMANCE SPACES IN ITALY 2000-2017

16.30 Serafino Di Rosario (BDP, London, UK), Sergio Pone (University of Naples, Italy) et al. : ReS, Resonant String Shell, latest development in the design of an acoustic shell for outdoor concert

17.00 Marcello Brugola (Studio di Ingegneria M. Brugola, Lissone -- Milan, Italy): The UniCredit Pavillon

17.20 Valentina Silingardi (DII University of Padua, Padua, Italy) et al.: A restoration based on the result of a public debate: the case of Civic Theater of Schio

17.40 Lorenzo Rattini (Acoustical consultant, Bologna, Italy) et al.: A survey of music venues designed in Bologna, UNESCO Creative City of Music

18.00 Linda Parati (Convenor of the UNI 11532 working group, Acoustical Consultant, Crema, Italy) et al. : The Italian Technical Standard UNI 11532

18.20 Giulia Fratoni (DIN University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy) et al. : Improving the intelligibility of a heritage-constrained university room using both acoustic treatment and line arrays

18:45 Closing Ceremony
19:15 Pre-dinner and live music at Nero factory (Vicolo Broglio, 1/f)


A student competition will be held during the symposium. Entries may be submitted by individual students or teams of a maximum of three students in the fields of acoustics, light design, thermal comfort, sustainability. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Entries shall be poster presentations. The submitted designs will be judged by a panel of consultants, researchers, and educators in associated fields. A 200 Eur prize and the refunds of the participation fees will be awarded to the first honors entry.

Selected papers will be published in special issues of the Journal of Temporal Design in Architecture and Environment and in the Official Journal of the Italian Acoustical Association (RIA).


Full Registration

€ 300 (before July 10, 2017)
€ 350 (after July 11, 2017)

Student Registration

€ 150 (before July 10, 2017)
€ 175 (after July 11, 2017)

Accompanying Persons

€ 100 (before July 10, 2017)
€ 125 (after July 11, 2017)

Additional paper

€ 100 (before July 10, 2017)
€ 125 (after July 11, 2017)

Online registration at

Instructions for authors

Guidelines for oral presentations

All presentations must be in English. There are no simultaneous translation facilities. Please prepare presentation in 16:9 format and feel free to use your preferred template. MacBook (with keynote) and a Win laptop (with Power point) will be available on the room. We recommend you to save your PowerPoint / Keynote presentation on a USB stick. Please check in advance their compatibility. Please adhere strictly to the 20 minutes allocated to your presentation. Plan for a 15 minutes presentation followed by 5 minutes for discussion). Follow any additional instructions given by your session chairpersons.

A technician is assigned to room and is in charge of the smooth running of your session. This person will be in the back of the session room and is at your disposal. Please feel free to introduce yourself and inquire about anything you might need. Please be in the session room and ready at least 20 minutes before the scheduled starting time of the session in order to meet the chairperson(s). In the session room, you will find a laptop, where you can see your presentation during your lecture. There are a number of stand-up microphones in each session room to facilitate the discussion.

Guidelines for poster presentations

Poster authors are requested to be present in their poster during the session (16.10 – 16.30). Size of poster board (usable space): 100 cm wide and 140 cm high (vertical). Please use a clear typeface.

Guidelines for manuscript preparation

Templates for manuscript preparation are available in Word and Latex format. Please download the file template.zip


Comunale Theatre (Foyer Rossini)
Largo Respighi, 1 - Bologna

About Bologna

Piazza Maggiore is the ancient heart of Bologna. Its medieval buildings, witnesses of its vibrant public life and intense economic activity, combine with the latest functional places, while retaining their charm. A network of unique porticoes streets, that make the city unique, branches off from here. The porticos of Bologna, candidate for UNESCO world heritage, stretch out from the city center over 40 kilometers. Walking under the porticos, protected from the sun and the rain, it is possible to reach easily many important museums, galleries and religious buildings, which hold an unexpected patrimony of works of art. The University of Bologna is the oldest in Europe. The evidence of its prestigious history is spread out in many city places not to be missed. A completely unexpected surprise are the canals that date back to the twelfth century.
More at www.bolognawelcome.com



Bologna is connected by flight to the most important international airports. Bologna international airport is close to the city center.

Bologna is connected by high-speed trains to the most important Italian cities (1 h from Milan, 2 h from Rome, 1 h from Venice, 0.5 h from Florence)

Local transportation
All the places of the congress are near to the congress venue (Teatro Comunale, Piazza Verdi). Bus company TPER Prices: Single trip ticket 1.30 eur, Day ticket 5 eur, “City Pass” – valid for 10 single trips – 12 eur. Bus from airport to town centre 6 eur. Website: www.tper.it The Taxi-Company COTABO may be called by phone +39 051 372727. Taxi fare from Bologna Airport to town centre is about 20 eur. Website: www.cotabo.it
Parking information
APCOA operates park in central Bologna, Piazza VIII Agosto, Open 24h 7/7. Teatro Comunale, is an 10-minute walk from Piazza VIII Agosto car park. E-mail: bo.8agosto@apcoa.it, phone: +39 051 4222114. Rates: From 1st to 3rd hour, per hour or part thereof eur2,55, From 4th to 6th hour, per hour or part thereof eur 1,95, From 7th to 11th hour, per hour or part thereof eur 1,25, 12th hour 0,25, Maximum daily rate eur 20,00.


We got from some Hotels in the city centre special prices for the congress attendees. In some cases the price doesn’t include the tourist tax (2-5 € per person each night). Please specify the code “ISTD” when you book the room. Due to low availability during the symposium days, we suggest to book yor room as soon is possible.

G. H. Majestic *****L
Via dell’Indipendenza, 8
Single room € 250, twin or double € 330

Art Hotel Dei Commercianti ****
Via Dè Pignattari, 11
Single room € 116, twin or double € 156

Best Western Hotel San Donato ****
Via Zamboni, 16
Single room € 99, twin or double € 134

Hotel Metropolitan ***
via dell'Orso 6
single room €90, twin or double € 120

Hotel Roma ***
via Massimo D’Azeglio 9
single room € 92, twin or double € 144

Hotel Palace Bologna ***
via Monte Grappa 9/2
Single room € 55, twin or double € 75


Jointly organized by the Italian Acoustics association (AIA) and the Acoustics Research Team of DIN, University of Bologna


Prof. Em. Yoichi Ando (Honorary President)
Kobe University, Japan

Massimo Garai (Chair)
University of Bologna, Italy

Dario D'Orazio (Co-Chair)
University of Bologna, Italy

Scientific Committee

Arianna Astolfi
Turin Polytechnic, Italy

Alejandro Bidondo
UNTREF Buenos Aires, Argentina

Chiung Yao Chen
Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan

Alessandro Cocchi
University of Bologna, Italy

Mario Cognini
Verona, Italy

Antonino Di Bella
University of Padua, Italy

Shigekazu Ishihara
Hiroshima International University, Japan

Ken Ito
University of Tokyo, Japan

Jian Kang
University of Sheffield, UK

Roberto Pompoli
University of Ferrara, Italy

Nicola Prodi
University of Ferrara, Italy

Takashi Yano
Kumamoto University, Japan

Organizing committee

Massimo Garai, Dario D’Orazio, Giovanni Semprini, Luca Barbaresi, Paolo Guidorzi, Simona De Cesaris, Federica Morandi