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Arch 436 - Building Acoustics - Spring 2014

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-6:50 pm; 3 credit hours D. Heerwagen (

Descriptions of principles and practices for achieving good hearing in buildings

Lecture topics will include
Sound fundamentals & human hearing mechanisms Characterization of urban noise sources and their properties, in-building noise, and control strategies Room acoustics: shapes, sizes, surfaces for building spaces; planning and design strategies; identification of performance issues; performance assessment techniques; integration of technical issues with spatial design

Student work involves participation in small-group, interdisciplinary problem-solving exercises