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If you have a moment you could do worse than watch international sound consultant Julian Treasure’s TED talk entitled “Why architects need to use their ears”. “We’re designing environments that make us crazy,” he argues. In our pursuit of creating highly photogenic spaces that engage and delight us on a visual level – in other words which look great, and which serve to elevate the profile of their architects via their dissemination in the form of beautiful, carefully staged images – we’ve neglected the other senses. In particular, the aural. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that unchecked, unmanaged sound levels are having a negative impact on us. “Sound affects us physiologically, psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally,” explains Treasure, “even if we’re not conscious of it.” Open-plan offices are, rather unsurprisingly, the number-one culprit here, but also smaller-scale environments are often sites whose acoustics are less than optimal. But how to square the circle? On th… continue

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