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

Simple sound tips for your home piano studio – part 1

Want your piano to sound the best it possibly could?  sid you know the room you place it in makes a big difference? Even the best pianists can’t perform well if a room’s sound environment doesn’t compliment the instrument.  We often miss the importance of the room as the “other instrument” that helps bring out the best quality in an instrument’s sound. Let’s say your room … Continue reading Simple sound tips for your home piano studio – part 1