4.431
Architectural Acoustics

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor

How do you think jazz would sound in a cathedral?  Or Gregorian chant in a jazz club? And do you ever wonder if there is something you can do about the fact that it sounds like a herd of elephants when your upstairs neighbors walk around?

Are you interested in building simulation, and how it's applied to audio and acoustics?

 How about going to the symphony during class?

 Architectural Acoustics 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. Use of computer modeling techniques.

We will spend approximately half the class in a seminar format discussing architectural acoustics in its many forms — room acoustics, the urban soundscape, sound isolation, noise control, the acoustics of performing arts spaces, and other topics. Integrated with the seminar, we will delve into 3D computer acoustics modeling and auralization (acoustic simulation), culminating in a final project where you will analyze the acoustics of an existing space, propose a renovation, and model and simulate the acoustics of the renovated space.