Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Describes interactions between people and sound, indoors and outdoors, and uses this information to develop acoustical design criteria for architecture and planning. Principles of sound generation, propagation, and reception. Properties of materials for sound absorption, reflection, and transmission. Design implications for performance and gathering spaces.
Architecture can be practiced as a means of social engagement. This requires developing an intimate knowledge of people and place.
At the same time, architecture can be understood both theoretically and experientially. The architect's job should not stop at designing on paper but should extend into the construction.