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Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice

Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice
Author: William J. Cavanaugh - Gregory C. Tocci - Joseph A
ISBN 13: 9780470190524
ISBN 10: 470190523
Edition: 2
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009-11-16
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
List Price: $135.00

The leading guide to acoustics for architects, engineers, and interior designers

A widely recognized, comprehensive reference to acoustic principles for all concerned with the built environment, Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition 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.

Written by a team of internationally recognized experts and experienced consultants, this Second Edition 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.

Updated throughout, this edition features:

  • 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 two hundred 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 Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition, building designers can confidently create aesthetically and aurally pleasing spaces, while avoiding problems that could be very costly, if not impossible, to solve later.


Explains to architects and engineers recent developments in the science of acoustics and how they can be applied to buildings with special sound conditions, such as airports and recording studies, and ordinary structures such as residences and industrial buildings. Discusses such aspects as materials and methods, noise control, places for listening, sound reinforcement, and recent innovation in design and research. Includes many case studies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.