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)

Scientific Topics

Theory/practice for temporal design - Architectural acoustics - Auditory system - Building acoustics - Building environmental design including visual, thermal and indoor air environments - Education in acoustics - Environmental acoustics - Environmental psychology and physiology - Musical instruments and Voice - Musicology - Noise control - Noise and vibration measurement and evaluation - Outdoor environmental design including visual, thermal and air environments - Philosophy in temporal design perspective - Psychoacoustics - Signal processing - Soundscape - Sound quality.

Please upload your abstract on the AIA page


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. Participants must register to dario.dorazio@unibo.it, until July 30 2017.

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


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)


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