This episode of 99% Invisible is all about acoustic design, the city soundscape, and how to make listening in shared spaces pleasant (or at the very least, possible). It features an interview with Dennis Paoletti from Shen Milsom & Wilke.
This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
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When an early scheme the architect hand the main information desk right in the middle of that for plant in the centre that five story atrium, the commotion that would go on it would be disastrous for people had to work there to try to hear the visitors coming in asking for things and to try to communicate. One of the things we recommend was just talk: bad information desk, half of the atm tucked under some of the measures needed pretty simple, pretty minor, but to make this made such an improvement. I was like that solutions that smart and simple choice to talk the information desk over to the left side, so patrons and Lebruns could actually here each other.
It did this wide open, circular, entryway and no one really knows how to walk across it without bumping into someone else. So this beautiful one hundred and forty million dollar building has an added feature. That certainly was not on the architects plants. It's a hack, a junkie, retractable movie, theater style, velvet rope. Partition helps create the proper traffic flow and write their fifteen feet apart from one another, a minor triumph and a minor failure of design in the epoch of Gilgamesh. The gods get so infuriated with the noise in us of their human neighbors. They send a flood to wipe us all
and when you walk around the city, it's pretty easy to side with the gods and that scenario. What is noise noise very simply as unwanted sound? It used to be called environmental noise, but you know in recent years people are beginning to get interested in looking at a cities. Environment has something to do next sitting in San Francisco. The cable cars are always Interesting point of discussion is that sound resent noise for tourists. Business in San Francisco that sound. That's good, that's funny believe it or not. We ve been called in to people who were annoyed by the sound of those clanking bells or the cables that run under the street. The job of acoustic design is not just to make things quieter. Sometimes the best way to design a space to have less noise.
Is to add more sir, a reading room in a library, quiet, quiet, quiet. It is so quiet that anybody flipping a page in a book turns out to distract everybody else. The problem acoustically the background noise level, its literally to quiet. We often come into spaces like that and add background noise. That's why small parks and cities usually have fountains and if they don't, they need when they may be visually pleasing, but the sound might even matter more Mountains, give you this comfort level of acoustical privacy masking unwanted noise. What's your name well known, advise nice me when I'm home, that's my place to relax the neighbours Always start moving, the line for Europe
None of the days to listen, nothing, people people are annoying, listen to the city and, let me know: what's your favorite sound and what's your noise and how is it enhanced or drowned out by that design of the city that you live in for the building where you spend most of your time? Leave your comment that ninety nine percent invisible or ninety, nine percent invisible is produced by me, Rowan Mars, with support from lunar design. It's a project of K, L W the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco and the centre for architecture and design.
Transcript generated on 2020-02-15.