Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice

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ISBN-13: 9780470190524
ISBN-10: 0123982588
Author: William J Cavanaugh; Gregory C Tocci; Joseph A Wilkes
Pages: 352

Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice 2nd Edition is a leading guide to acoustics for architects, engineers and interior designers and is a widely recognized, comprehensive reference to acoustic principles for all concerned with the built environment. The book provides design professionals with up-to-date information on basic concepts, acoustical materials and technologies for controlling wanted or unwanted sound within and around buildings. The book was written by a team of internationally recognized experts and experienced consultants and covers fundamental acoustic principles, design criteria, acoustical materials, control strategies and methods for a wide variety of building types, including educational, healthcare, recreational, residential, commercial, industrial and transportation facilities. Particular attention is given to places for listening and performance such as theaters, churches, concert and recital halls, outdoor arenas, classrooms, multiuse auditoria, libraries, music practice and rehearsal rooms, recording and broadcast studios, sports venues, home theaters and other spaces that people meet to communicate and enjoy performance. Features include:

  • New information on acoustical standards and guidelines for sustainable building design.
  • Additional, richly detailed case studies demonstrating real-world applications, including the acclaimed Walt Disney Concert Hall and many other building types.
  • Nearly 200 photos and illustrations that further elucidate specific principles, applications, and techniques.
  • New developments in sound reinforcement and audio visual systems and their integration in room design.
  • Progress in research and future directions in acoustical modeling.

With fundamental conceptual understanding of basic acoustical principles provided by this book building designers can confidently create aesthetically and aurally pleasing spaces, while avoiding problems that could be very costly, if not impossible, to solve later.