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Reading Room: Sound Materials

January 24, 2017

By Tyler Adams | €29.00 ($35.44)

Tyler Adams, an acoustical engineer based in Los Angeles who is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Noise Control Engineers, navigates the field of sound-absorbing materials to present the new definitive resource guide, “Sound Materials.”
“Sound Materials” is the first publication of its kind dedicated to sound-absorbing materials, with inspiring real-world applications illustrated in parallel.

Important reading for architects, designers, and creative professionals, the book highlights more than 100 materials in a variety of interior design and architectural contexts. The featured projects—from leading architects and designers such as OMA, Gehry Partners, Foster + Partners, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Barber & Osgerby—underscore some of the common acoustical and material challenges presented by specific applications, such as healthcare, education, performing arts, office, retail, and industrial environments.

Fundamental technical concepts are presented to provide a general understanding of how materials absorb sound and how they are commonly used to reduce noise and reverberation, inform our sense of space, and improve communication in everyday environments. “Sound Materials” not only surveys an extensive range of materials past, present, and emerging, but also sheds light on the many exciting opportunities for future innovation and collaboration of design, architecture, acoustical engineering, and materials science.

A notable chapter is devoted to interviews with designers and engineers who work with sound-absorbing materials in innovative ways, with topics including historic preservation, wayfinding for the blind, digital modelling and fabrication, interior design, and emerging high-tech materials.