Acoustics

Building Science + Technology

Spring 2013

Raj Patel, instructor

This course began with an overview of the history of human interaction with sound in the built environment. Developing from this, the fundamentals of acoustics, sound, noise and vibration were explained over a series of three classes. The format was interactive; lectures included images, video, listening, sound creation, sound visualization and sound measurement. The first assignment was to design a sound isolating enclosure with specific design criteria. Following a lecture focusing on environmental sound, urban design, soundscaping and sound art, there were three class field trips to interesting acoustic environments and sound art in New York City and to the Arup SoundLab.

The class investigated the relationship between sound and architectural space, encouraging students to think about how different types of buildings sound as well as understanding the impact that sound, noise and vibration, have on design in the built environment. There was a specific emphasis on how to use sound as a positive contributor in architectural design–-including room acoustics design theory, the effect of shape, form, geometry and material selection on acoustics. In the final assignment students brought all the knowledge together to build a sound-space.

Class Field Trip A/B
Karl Bengzon C/D/E