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Acoustics in Architectural Design

By Raf Orlowski

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ISBN: 9781785008788
PUBLISHED: 26/05/2021
PAGES: 160
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 102 colour photos, 5 b&w photos and 79 diagrams

It was not until the beginning of the twentieth century that the physicist Wallace Clement Sabine developed his theory of reverberation, which has remained fundamental to architectural acoustics to this day, and has subsequently been applied to many building types, especially those for the performing arts. Yet the practice of architectural acoustics goes back much further with the impressive designs of the Greeks proving highly influential. This comprehensive book explores the development of acoustics in architectural design from the theatres of Classical Greece, through the early development of opera houses, concert halls and theatres, to the research work of Sabine and his successors and its influence on twentieth- and twenty-first-century buildings.

Topics covered include:

  • The fundamentals of acoustics
  • the influential legacy of the Greeks and Romans
  • The evolving design of opera houses, theatres and concert halls
  • The acoustics of schools, music schools and recital halls


The text is complemented by numerous case studies, together with extensive illustrations. It is aimed at students of architecture and acoustics, as well as those with an interest in acoustically important buildings, such as schools and auditoria for the performing arts.

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