Author: Marc Janssen

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 […]

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Acoustic emergency in schools discussed in Italy

(Above) Interview (In Italian) with Ing. Anna Marchesini and Ing. Cesare Trebeschi commenting on the outcomes of the seminar and the Progetto De.C.I.So (Deaf Children: Improvement of class room Sound quality) in particular   A recent study in Italy found that 90% of the schools involved do not comply with acoustic regulations. In some cases the […]

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conference on future hospitals and healthcare buildings

From May 10-12 many are participating at the conference on future hospitals and other healthcare premises in Copenhagen. Ecophon is also participating and active on twitter about what’s hot and what’s not. Apart from workshops, debates and study visits, the participants will have an opportunity to listen to a wide range of lectures perfomed by […]

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ICU Staff become more relaxed

Foto: Ylva Carlqvist Warnborg “Staff really cool down in here. The different light, the muffled sound and the nice colors in the room affect everyone who stays here, “says ICU nurse Ann-Louise Smith. Ann-Louise works as ICU nurse at at Södra Älvborgs Hospital, where one of the ICU rooms is especially designed to create a […]

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Design as a medicine in an ICU

Can the design of a room lead to quicker recovery? That is what is being investigated in a project at an ICU at Södra Älvsborgs hospital in Borås, Sweden. The design of the room includes the use of soft colors, the sound environment is being controlled by acoustic ceilings and the light can be adjusted […]

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Noise at work bad for your heart

Noise at work significantly ‘heightens heart risk’ and makes you weigh and smoke more, study finds. Working in a consistently noisy environment such as a factory more than doubles the risk of serious heart problems, research suggests. In the under-50s, the risk increases to fourfold, the study warns, and young male smokers are also particularly […]

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Nation gripped by sports hall acoustics

Improving acoustic conditions in sports halls is an aim for many teachers and pupils. As we speak, Dutch television channels and news websites are paying a lot of attention to the topic. Click here for the video (in dutch language, scroll to 07:15 min.) Already back in 2008 Dutch teachers sued their employers and got […]

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Caught up with Kerstin Persson-Waye

One hour before she is expected to chair the session on sound in healthcare envrionments, we catch up with Kerstin Persson Waye, professor in occupational and environmental medicine with Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. We ask her to discuss the upcoming session and her lecture in particular.

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The sound of Vuvuzela’s – The most annoying sound in the world

It’s hard to not have heard the sound of vuvuzela’s, to some the most annoying sound in the world. Judge yourself and listen here Read here the explanation of an acoustic expert on how the Vuvuzela’s make their sound. The WC sofar… Portugal-Ivory coast 0-0 After the start of the WC, the first matches have […]

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5 short questions – with Ann Charlotte Thysell

Monday afternoon, a short interview with Ann Charlotte Thysell of Tyrens in Sweden Ann Charlotte Thysell is a technical doctor in acoustics and works as an acoustic consultant for Tyrens in Sweden. What brings you to Inter-noise 2010, Ann-Charlotte? – Most of all, a good mixture of all kinds of acoustic topis and especially within […]

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