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Sound Architecture: The BBC on the Importance of Planning for Sound Design

Rob Rogers - Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lately, we've been focusing on the importance of intentional sound design as part of the architectural design process. Obviously, we know and get to see first hand how architectural planning affects sound and therefore people in the context of a space such as a church, concert hall, auditorium or business from restaurants to offices. Today, we came upon this excellent feature from the BBC. It was first aired in 2009, and it speaks to the growing discussion on why architects must consider sound when planning. 

From the feature:

Until very recently, few architects ever gave much thought to what affect that soundscape might have on the people inhabiting the space, be they office workers, school pupils, teachers or shoppers. This has resulted in railways stations where train announcements are unintelligible, restaurants where you have to shout to be heard and open-plan schools in which teaching is all but impossible. More recently, research has shown that a poor aural experience can have a considerable negative effect on how we feel and behave, even at a subconscious level.

Listen to the BBC's entire recording on Sound Architecture: The Places that Speak. It's definitely worth a listen, if only to hear the British pronunciation of "controversy". ;)

It's wonderful to know that more and more architects are understanding the importance of planning for sound, and we love helping architects and businesses design the optimal auditory experience for their buildings. Give us a call at 888-893-7555 or contact us online to discuss how we can help you. 

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