Acoustics as an Inspiration in Architecture

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2017-07-12
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Virginia Tech
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Material is a common denominator between acoustics and architecture. The most basic building blocks of material are the elements: Earth, Water, Air (and Fire). Water is explored as an acoustic reflector, air as an escape path for sound, and earth as diffusor/absorber/reflector. This exploration of work dives into how acoustics can inspire architecture from the start. The thesis used two design projects to test the ideas: The San Francisco House of Music and The Boston Elemental Theater. Through this work I found the two interrelated fields can work together, and find a process and direction of design that raises the level of both disciplines.

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Architecture, Physics, Acoustics
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