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Perspectives on acoustics in environmental design

The Journal of Architeclural and Planning Research

Author: Cohen, A. J., Campanella, A., Marshall, L., Grant, C.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1987


The following paper focuses on the significance of acoustics in environmental design. Four specific aspects of this multi-disciplinary problem are discussed reflecting the contributions of specialists, the authors, who participated in a symposium on the same topic at the EDRA I2 Conference in 1983. First, research is reviewed on the office environment which reveals that acoustics is a primary source of dissatisfaction and may be alleviated in a variety of ways. Next, particular problems of the hearing impaired are discussed and design suggestions are offered to reduce room reverberation and background noise. Subsequently, problems of acoustics common to all building design are reviewed, and an approach to pre- construction trouble-shooting and building-design objectives are presented. Finally, a discussion of significance of acoustic images, memories and perceptions indicates the importance of developing more acoustical options to clients. This review of empirical research findings and practical experience implies that the aggregate significance of environmental acoustics to clients, architects, planners, and users is great indeed. Future research that is suggested would facilitate the application of available technology to the development of more satisfying architecture

Further Details

Pages: 18
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Section: 162
Accession Number: September, 2010
Work Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Design
Reads: 184