20 interiors+sources july2018 interiorsandsources.com
By Hanson Hsu
The field of acoustics
can be most easily and
as two symbiotic parts
of a whole: acoustic
signature and acoustic
PHO TOGRAPH Y B Y
A primer series on basic theory and the latest technologies for interior design + building sciences.
With the recent popularity in acoustics, it’s apropos to re-visit why we care about the subject. Acoustics is an amazing thing; it is the science and art of sound that brings us so many inspiring things, including my personal favorites:
music and language.
Before the advent of written word, all of history was passed down with
language and spoken word in stories and folklore. While it is true that we
are a visually dominated species, sound and hearing are a very close
second. In this day and age, advances in technology and the maturation
of both fields make anything truly possible. Acoustics is the brush, and
architecture is the canvas.
Every environment is affected by sound. Where there is air, there is sound.
A quiet living room or soft tea-house is calming and peaceful, while loud
school gymnasiums and busy airport terminals are agitating and tense.
Libraries and yoga studios encourage study and meditation, while theatres
and concert halls invigorate and inspire with music. Or not. This is the
purpose of acoustics; to give designers the tools with which they bring their
designs to fruition with efficacy.
The field of acoustics can be most easily and accurately imagined as
two symbiotic parts of a whole: acoustic signature and acoustic isolation.