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Acoustics critique on “Small Remodel, Big Ideas: Tiny Townhouse into Cool Condo”

See photos and design description on this completed project here: Small Remodel, Big Ideas: Tiny Townhouse into Cool Condo to follow my acoustics review below. This is an absolute visual gem.  The designer Ong & Ong separated the service spaces from the main living spaces with a gorgeous water walkway.*   This helps to separate the possibly more noisy parts of the house (kitchen!) from the quieter parts of … Continue reading Acoustics critique on “Small Remodel, Big Ideas: Tiny Townhouse into Cool Condo”

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呼喻中國的建築產業:水泥房倍增都市噪音!

看網上說中國近十五年的水泥用量竟然是美國百年來的30倍,覺得有點不大對勁。想證實這個數字卻又無從算起。不管,只知道中國建築業是不管三七二十一的如火如荼進行著。我的學習背景教導我認識現代建築、現代建設的噪音問題。因為大量的水泥墻面會加強噪音,車輛與人口活動的噪音無法消去,導致都市社區越來越吵鬧,噪音問題日趨嚴重。 提議都市的整體綠化建設,大量採用能幫助消音的外墻面,增加社區內、大樓上的樹木與植物,來緩和都市噪音的問題。同時,這些作業也需要高科技和膽大細心的設計,否則會造成日後更多的其他問題。建議設計師們別太浪漫,得謹慎小心的選購建築材料(消音材料通常較難保養,需革新)。同時,綠化建築所用的各種樹木植物也需特別細心的照顧,會形成一筆可觀的營運開銷。 Continue reading 呼喻中國的建築產業:水泥房倍增都市噪音!

Noise exposure on Burrard Bridge

   Driving through Burrard Bridge brought me nearby the building-underway close to the off ramp near the Downtown end of the bridge.  What I saw was of high acoustical concern.  On the Burrard Bridge (traffic) side, the facade or cladding material appears to be fully glass. Now, unless this is some specifically sound-proof glass or other highly functional acoustical triple or four panel glazing*, I … Continue reading Noise exposure on Burrard Bridge

Berkeley is Ranked the #4 Architecture University in the World

Berkeley is Ranked the #4 Architecture University in the World. My alma mater.  However during my condensed undergrad architecture education there before 2000 I did not hear nor learn about construction methods, building envelope, building science (including energy efficiency and solar design topics), and acoustics.  I did however learn design theory, drawing, and hand-building models. Continue reading Berkeley is Ranked the #4 Architecture University in the World

10+ tips for designing classrooms, hospitals and offices that are kind on ears, from Julian Treasure

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Architects design with their eyes rather than their ears — which means that spaces generally look great and sound terrible. At TEDGlobal 2012 University, sound consultant Julian Treasure warned that — even though we’re rarely conscious of sound — terrible acoustics can have very negative effects on our well-being. “We’re designing environments that make us crazy,” says Treasure in this… Continue reading 10+ tips for designing classrooms, hospitals and offices that are kind on ears, from Julian Treasure

9 ways that sound affects our health, wellbeing and productivity

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Julian Treasure takes the stage at TEDGlobal 2009, sharing the shocking fact that — when you can hear others talking in an open office — productivity dips by 66%. Julian Treasure cares very deeply for your ears. That’s why he’s given TED talks like “The 4 ways sound affects us” and “Why architects need to use their ears.” Treasure is… Continue reading 9 ways that sound affects our health, wellbeing and productivity

Creating the psychopath experience: TEDTalks from Julian Treasure and Evan Grant

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Jon Ronson got by with a little help from two friends at TED2012 as he told the story of Tony, a man who faked insanity when facing jail time after a fight — but did it far too well, ending up in a psychiatric hospital for 14 years under the label of “a psychopath.” Standing onstage with Jon, Evan Grant… Continue reading Creating the psychopath experience: TEDTalks from Julian Treasure and Evan Grant