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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!

How does this space sound?

Check out this gorgeous space (click here to see the full visual glory of it all, dreamy!)  But, let’s think a little deeper and imagine with our aural sense as hedonistically and perfectionistically as our over-indulged visual one.  Because of the extensive glass windows, open floor plan and the small size of interior space, it might very well be susceptible to unwanted exterior noise intrusion.  Different people sharing the … Continue reading How does this space sound?

Sound-friendly small architecture

In the architectural world, small buildings and tiny spaces are all the rage. From 50sf apartments in NY, to 4m wide slivers of multistory homes tucked between Tokyo towers, hypersensitive visual sense of aesthetics might very well be clouding good judgment in terms of sound sense and sound living: small spaces are prone to poor acoustics, noise, and have no sound privacy if these issues … Continue reading Sound-friendly small architecture

Simple sound tips for your home piano studio – part 2

If you are in a tiny and bare room without much furniture and lots of hard reflective surfaces like concrete, drywall, glass, and tiles, it’s hard for your piano to “sing.” In these cases, to give your piano a rich sound, we can do several things.  First, we need to prevent excessive high frequency reverberation in the room.  This means to take out too much … Continue reading Simple sound tips for your home piano studio – part 2

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

How to soundproof a room: Step 2 Sound transmission test

The second step is to perform sound transmission tests and/or sound intensity tests through the walls, the ceiling and floor*, and any windows and doors.  This is to determine what part of the building materials are leaking the most sound, so you can focus your efforts on those.  This also determines exactly how much sound the current room is blocking out and absorbing, and how … Continue reading How to soundproof a room: Step 2 Sound transmission test

How to soundproof a room: first questions

How to soundproof a room? First, you have to analyze the situation so we can determine the most effective and economic way to achieve your soundproofing goal for your room. Here are the first questions to ask before starting your project: What type of sounds are you trying to block? High pitched sound, heavy bass sounds, traffic noise, foot fall or conversation noises?  Or is this … Continue reading How to soundproof a room: first questions