Quantization is an open conversation environment and independent production of Kaveh Ashourinia and Arezoo Talebzadeh.
Quantization is a unique approach explicitly on definition and notion of inclusion, produces broadcast audio in podcast format, with the primary purpose of connecting experts, scholars and intellectually curious individuals with lived experience to educate, share and inspire the audience on digital platforms.
In audio signal processing, quantization is a process of mapping data in smaller and countable sets. This process is similar to what binary-mind societies are doing to categorize people in their communities. Because of this grouping, societies are losing many high values and potentials during the categorization.
The absence of an educational and accessible media in the field of inclusion has prompted us to produce Quantization to make bridges between experts and the public to share different voices.
Arezoo is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA); she has more than 15 years’ experience in the built environment from conceptual design and design development to contract administration and project management. She holds a Master of Architecture from Azad University, Tehran, Iran and Master of Design for Health from OCAD University.
Integration between people and the built environment and individual’s perception of space has been her interest since architectural school. The fact that understanding of space depends on one’s experience, age, culture and physical abilities fascinates her. Perception is how the brain makes sense of sensory stimuli. Not everyone, however, has the same capability to perceive, identify, and connect to space. This knowledge becomes more distracted and vague when a person has a mental dysfunction or brain injury. Her interest in the understanding of space led her to study soundscape. Her research focuses on soundscape in designing for people with dementia. In collaboration with the University of Ghent and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), she has received a grant to validate the effect of soundscape on persons with dementia at the TRI Dementia Unit.