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Wednesday, July 10 • 12:30 - 12:50
STOP TEACHING ACOUSTICS, TEACH WHAT

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Anyone who has worked as an acoustical consultant knows that if you do your job perfectly, you may be thanked or may receive an accolade (or often – simply hear nothing). But if you messed up, you'll not hear the end of it until it's fixed. This author believes this is a result of the architects making conscious decisions to value the visual features of a space over the acoustical features. In this author's experience, it's frequently because acoustics is misunderstood (as opposed to wilfully ignored). This cannot be entirely blamed on architects because hitting an NC target isn't something fundamentally compelling (even if necessary). Architects know when something looks bad so they actively try to avoid it. It's not as certain if architects know when something will sound bad (particularly if framed in an abstract acoustic metric). As such, the author's approach to teaching practicing architects about acoustics has been the opposite of conventional education. Terms such as NC, STC, TL, SIL aren't remembered but hiss, rumble, screech, shouting seem to stick. In this session, the discussion will focus on how the negatives of acoustics can be used to accomplish the desired outcome, making architects understand the importance of good acoustics.

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Frédéric Laville

Professor, École de technologie supérieure
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Jean-Philippe Migneron

Researcher, Laval University

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Wednesday July 10, 2019 12:30 - 12:50 EDT
Outremont 7
  T13 Acoustical education, SS02 Educ in ac programs at all levels …