In conversations about acoustics in the built environment, sound is often viewed as a necessary evil to manage, reduce, or eliminate. But sound, when harnessed correctly, is as important a design element as light, color, or form. In this course, we’ll take inspiration from the world of art, asking such questions as: Can sound be seen? How does a sculpture installation transform crashing waves into a symphony? And we’ll hear the story of a man whose very ability to navigate the world around him depends on sound.
As for applications in the built environment, we’ll explore how sound contributes to user experience and well-being in a variety of settings, each with their own unique set of demands. By demystifying acoustician recommendations and test reports, this course will empower participants to balance technical knowledge with a deeper understanding.