Architect students study acoustic comfort

Are Italian architecture students the best in the world?

– at least when it comes to knowledge in Acoustic Comfort!

 

Architecture and architects have the ability to inspire, engage and even be life-enhancing. But why has one single sense – sight – become so predominant in architectural culture and design?

In order to tackle the suppression of the other four senses, I would opt to include these in the formal education of an architect. I actually started recently with one of them: hearing!

Since many years, my work involves understanding and promoting the relevance of sound environments in buildings so that people’s performance and wellbeing can benefit. A well-received topic by many professionals, which is great as they can apply the knowledge to improve the quality of buildings and organisations. Speaking with many of these professionals they all have one thing in common, none of them has actually studied room acoustics as a mandatory part while studying architecture or design.

 

What if we could change that?

During a visit to Italy, the initiative was taken to organise a whole week of acoustics for the students at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brescia SantaGiulia in Brescia Italy. The Week of Acoustics cleverly combined many different aspects, like:

  • Theory
  • Sound experience visits to buildings
  • How to make acoustic measurements
  • What acoustic solutions are available to design for COMFORTO ACUSTICO.

Acoustics Week was created to teach architecture students about acoustic comfortThe week was organised by Hdemia, Ecophon, Studio Omniacustico and Reguitti. The project members are proud of the results and confident that similar initiatives will benefit other students and universities. But the best part? The students were really engaged and the knowledge they acquired will benefit the buildings they design in the future.

But the best part? The students were really engaged and the knowledge they acquired will benefit the buildings they design in the future.

If you get (or create!) the opportunity, I really recommend partnering up in initiatives like this one.

More information (in Italian) and photos from the Week of Acoustics.

Do you want to know more, contact Marc Janssen.

 

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