Dear Architects: Sound Matters

An article on The New York Times written by the architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, touches on the very important topic that will motivate the design community to think about the acoustics dimension of architecture and its contribution to the overall experience of buildings or spaces. Often architects focus primarily on how the buildings will look like more than how they will 'sound' like.

Below are some powerful paragraphs taken from the article.

"...Nearly half a century ago, the critic Reyner Banham wrote “Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment,” in which he meditated on how heat, air, light and materials create habitats that variously influence our experience of buildings. He stressed the fact that such environmental considerations should be “naturally subsumed into the normal working methods of the architect.”

To Banham’s list can be added sound. We talk admiringly about green or energy-efficient buildings, with roof gardens, cross-ventilation and stairways that encourage residents to walk, because good design can aspire to improve public health. But we don’t talk nearly enough about how sound in these buildings, and in all the other spaces we design, make us feel.

Acoustics can act in deep, visceral ways, not unlike music (think of the sound of an empty house). And while it’s sometimes hard to pin down exactly how, there is often a correlation between the function of a place or an object and the sound we expect it to make."

Please follow the link sound-architecture.html to read the full article.