Archinect - News 2017-08-19T20:36:06-04:00 “You miss it when it’s gone”: On New Yorkers' addiction to noise Justine Testado 2016-08-02T14:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:12:10-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To live in New York means to get habituated to the noise of everyday life here...As a neighborhood becomes more homogenous, and its residents sync their noise patterns, noise complaints tend to go down. This may explain why, controlling for other factors, gentrifying areas of the city display higher levels of noise complaints. City residents stop consciously recognizing noise as novel, and it becomes background, even if their bodies don&rsquo;t always recognize it as such.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;We all love to hate the noise. And yet sitting in silence, I do not feel as if I&rsquo;ve found an escape from pain: I have simply traded it for a new variety. Shockingly, I realize I want to trade back.&rdquo;</p><p>Writer Susie Neilson delves into the pros and cons of urban noise pollution, a truly defining factor of living in NYC.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For nebulous decibel numbers, the Silent Treatment</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have you listened to your building?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Master acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota, talks about kickstarting his career with the Disney Concert Hall</a></p> The Art of Architecture Criticism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #7 with Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the New York Times Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-18T17:27:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T18:23:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the <em>New York Times</em>, joins me for our first One-to-One interview of 2016. I wanted to talk with Kimmelman specifically about a piece he had published just at the end of last year, called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dear Architects: Sound Matters&rdquo;</a>. The piece considers how an architectural space&rsquo;s unique audio atmosphere helps create its overall personality, invariably affecting us as we experience it. Alongside Kimmelman&rsquo;s writing in the piece are looped videos of different spaces &ndash; an office at the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>, a restaurant, the High Line, Penn Station, a penthouse &ndash; meant to be viewed while wearing headphones, to get to know that space&rsquo;s sonic portrait, of sorts.</p><p>Too often, says Kimmelman, architects don&rsquo;t think of sound as a material like they would concrete, glass or wood, when it can have a profound effect on the design&rsquo;s overall impact. In our interview, Kimmelman shares how the piece came to be, and how it fits into the <em>Times</em>&rsquo; overall push into more multimedia...</p> For nebulous decibel numbers, the Silent Treatment Nam Henderson 2016-01-06T01:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T20:36:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The primary strategy for blocking airborne sound is to add a layer of dense, flexible material to the problem surface...Stopping vibration-borne noise is usually trickier and more expensive. It requires suspending walls, ceilings or floors so that the vibrations aren&rsquo;t conducted to a building&rsquo;s framing, which can transmit sound throughout a building...A compounding issue is that it takes only a very small gap to let in a lot of sound.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Roy Furchgoff surveys&nbsp;the noise-control industry, which at least anecdotally in New York is growing.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related and recently</a>, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and producers Alicia DeSantis, Jon Huang and Graham Roberts documented the sounds of some archetypal NYC spaces.</p> Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-29T17:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:40-05:00 <img src="" width="599" height="798" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>we rarely talk about how architecture sounds, aside from when a building or room is noisy. [...] Sound may be invisible or only unconsciously perceived, but that doesn&rsquo;t make it any less an architectural material than wood, glass, concrete, stone or light. [...] Acoustics can act in deep, visceral ways, not unlike music ... And while it&rsquo;s sometimes hard to pin down exactly how, there is often a correlation between the function of a place or an object and the sound we expect it to make.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and producers Alicia DeSantis, Jon Huang and Graham Roberts document the sounds of some archetypal city spaces, conveying the personality and subtle (or sometimes not) musicality of interiors.</p> Create sonic architecture with mesh, music, and lights at the New Museum this weekend Justine Testado 2015-08-06T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:34:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Museum displays are typically meant to be seen and not touched, but a recent wave of exhibitions is upending those rules. Take DELQA, an interactive music and light installation opening in the New Museum's NEW INC space on August 6. Showcasing the music of Matthew Dear combined with Microsoft's Kinect technology, the project allows participants to touch, push and poke suspended mesh walls to manipulate a musical composition, creating their own unique experience of the space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're on the hunt for weekend plans in NYC, DELQA will be at the New Museum only from August 6-9!</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="How architecture helped music evolve - David Byrne " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architecture helped music evolve - David Byrne </a></p><p><a title="Frank Gehry: Is Music Liquid Architecture?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry: Is Music Liquid Architecture?</a></p><p><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Soundscape New York" captures the sounds of NYC's iconic buildings</a></p><p><a title="Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's &quot;Heartbeat&quot; installation in Times Square " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square </a></p> The Same Song Sung in 15 Places Nam Henderson 2015-07-21T23:23:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T08:04:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>M&uuml;llner demonstrates how much environment contributes to the quality of what we hear...As slick as an advertisement, the short video uses a heavily mediated form to convey the simple idea of natural reverberation...The ways in which sound and space interact can determine the shape of a musical form.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Inspired by a video from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Wikisinger</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Josh Jones</a>&nbsp;reflects on the relationship between&nbsp;landscape, cityscape, architectural formation and the sounds of music.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Nick Sowers</a></p> "Soundscape New York" captures the sounds of NYC's iconic buildings Justine Testado 2015-03-18T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:20:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Karen Van Lengen, who created the installation with her husband, James Welty, says to really soak in a building, you need to listen to it. 'If you close your eyes, what you're going to hear are things that you can't hear with your eyes open,' says Van Lengen, an architecture professor at the University of Virginia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can also find more about the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.&nbsp;</p> The boolean-created “Situation Room” at the Storefront for Art + Architecture Justine Testado 2014-10-15T19:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:45:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Immersed in a neon bubblegum pink shell, walking through the Situation Room gives viewers a fascinating perspective of the digital and physical environments. Designed by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY in collaboration with sound artist Jana Winderen, the installation was created by 20 spheres of various sizes fused by boolean operations. Storefront for Art and Architecture NYC commissioned the project for the WorldWide Storefront initiative launch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a sneak peek of the installation:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> INsite by Luftwerk turns Mies' Farnsworth House inside-out with light and sound Justine Testado 2014-05-15T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-05-23T00:00:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're a diehard Miesian fan or could care less about the modernist architecture canon, we've heard of ol' Farnsworth time and time again since its completion in 1951 in Plano, Illinois. But Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luftwerk</a> want the public to see the historic Farnsworth House in a whole new light &mdash;&nbsp;literally &mdash;&nbsp;with their digital installation project called INsite.<br><br>INsite highlights the house's characteristic clean lines through site-specific digital video projections and original music compositions, thus rendering it into a new structure of light, sound, and space. In addition to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent preservation efforts</a> to protect the Farnsworth from more floodwater damage in the future, INsite could help revive public interest&nbsp;in an eye-catching way that is suitable for these tech-friendly times.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Illuminating modern architecture landmarks is nothing new for Gallero and Bachmaier, who have collaborated with video designer and programmer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liviu Pasare</a>&nbsp;and co...</p> Exhibition recap: Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-18T20:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:02-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="707" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room&rdquo; is a fascinating exhibition of student work from the Piet Zwart Institute&rsquo;s Master Interior Architecture &amp; Retail Design program, studying the role of sound in the domestic space. Each work creates a physical manifestation, or conduit, of the soundscapes that pervade our most private spaces, either raucously or imperceptibly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more info, photos and videos by visiting the news listing on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>...</p> What will our cities sound like in the future? Archinect 2014-03-24T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a world where we are increasingly given the chance to customise our output, how do you orchestrate a planet where a Gangnam ringtone collides with the sound of a 1970s camera shutter from a smartphone, in a tube station resonating with Vivaldi to deter loitering, while the guy next to you shout-announces to some remotely interested party that he is "About to get on the tube! I said The! Tube! ... "? What is the future sound of cities?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Audiotopie awarded the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-11T19:11:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:04:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="610" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Audiotopie was awarded $10,000 from the 2013 Phyllis Lambert Design Montreal Grant in Montreal, Canada earlier this week. Established in 2007, the annual grant distinguishes young, emerging Montreal designers who have shown excellence in their work and research study that can contribute to the city of Montreal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The $10,000 grant will enable the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Audiotopie</a> team, which designs immersive sound works closely connected to physical spaces through creation of sensory experiences, to go on a study trip during which its members will compare sound environments in the underground spaces of three Asian cities."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Master acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota, talks about kickstarting his career with the Disney Concert Hall Archinect 2013-09-20T14:59:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:33:00-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Our collaboration has been since 1989, and now it's long-term," Toyota says of Gehry. "With Frank, I learned many, many things." Chief among them, he says: "Flexibility." "His thinking is very free and without restrictions. His spirit and creative mind is [open]. And we were able to work together in this way," Toyota says. During the construction of Disney Hall, Toyota, ... was inspired by Gehry's design and perfected what he sees as his personal style of acoustics.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Long Beach officials top 600-foot-long 'Great Wall of Mulch' Archinect 2013-08-08T13:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:56:31-04:00 <img src="" width="649" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is, first and foremost, a visual and sound buffer placed between residents and the diesel trucks rumbling along the 103 Freeway to and from the Port of Long Beach. But the wall, two fences stuffed with mulch generated from Long Beach tree trimmings, is also environmentally friendly; it will eventually be seeded with trees and shrubs that will leech vehicle exhaust from the air and transform the pollution into oxygen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Microphone system maps rooms with a snap of the fingers Archinect 2013-06-21T19:15:00-04:00 >2013-06-24T21:47:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Creating a 3D map of a room could someday be as simple as randomly placing four microphones within the space, then snapping your fingers. Researchers from Switzerland&rsquo;s EPFL (&Eacute;cole Polytechnique F&eacute;d&eacute;rale de Lausanne/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) have recently done so on a limited scale, and are now excited about the technology&rsquo;s possible applications.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Gehry says new subway could be 'disaster' for Disney Hall Archinect 2013-05-28T13:34:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:26:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry has raised concerns that concerts at his Disney Hall in Los Angeles could be ruined by a planned subway line that would run close to the venue. Recent simulations suggest rumbling might be audible in the concert hall. These have provoked the architect to call for the Metro&rsquo;s own noise projections, which two years ago predicted there would be no audible impact, to be reviewed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zimoun: 318 prepared dc-motors, cork balls, cardboard boxes 100x100x100cm Alexander Walter 2013-05-06T14:17:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T14:19:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you're in Berlin this May, make sure to swing by the Opernwerkst&auml;tten Berlin: Swiss artist, Zimoun, known for his "architecturally-minded platforms of sound," exhibits 318 prepared dc-motors, cork balls, cardboard boxes 100x100x100cm, one of the artist's two current European exhibitions. The piece will be on view until May 24th.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hearing the Future of Architecture Archinect 2012-10-23T12:01:00-04:00 >2012-10-23T21:47:29-04:00 <img src="" width="535" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, Raj Patel, principal and acoustic consultant at&nbsp;Arup treated the crowd at Yale School of Architecture&rsquo;s Sound of Architecture Symposium to a presentation on his company&rsquo;s Sound Lab. The Sound Lab uses a battery of speakers arranged in a spherical configuration to mimic the acoustic properties of a digital architectural model. In real time, designers can change the shape of a hall, the material of the seats, the angle of the walls, and hear how it might affect the acoustics...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Squarepusher and the Geometry of Sound Archinect 2012-10-14T23:16:00-04:00 >2012-10-16T04:27:04-04:00 <img src="" width="567" height="850" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Taking Kubrick&rsquo;s 2001: Space Odyssey as an inspiration for the mood of the Sound Portal, Arup created an intimidating black rubber shape that sits in the centre of Trafalgar Square but opens up to reveal light and sky within. The facility provides the perfect environment for some of the most thoughtful and innovative recording artists in the world, including one of my favourite Tom Jenkinson a.k.a. Squarepusher I spoke to him about using ambisonic arrays and exploring sound in three dimensions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sound of Buildings Archinect 2012-07-27T20:11:00-04:00 >2012-07-27T20:12:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Sound of Buildings is an audio exploration of Melbourne&rsquo;s most architecturally significant buildings. Available free as an interactive iPhone and iPad app, The Sound of Buildings provides listeners with a deeper level of understanding and context for the selected buildings, as well highlighting Melbourne&rsquo;s diverse architecture and urban spaces through an exploration of cultural, monuments, government, residential, commercial, transport, education, health and sporting projects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> High-tech system lets restaurant set noise level Archinect 2012-05-14T14:51:00-04:00 >2012-05-14T15:20:03-04:00 <img src="" width="508" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So Paluska and Meyer Sound, a world-renowned audio engineering company in Berkeley, teamed up to test a relatively new technology that controls reverberation levels with the press of a button. By using a combination of sound absorption materials, microphones, speakers and a digital processor, Paluska can make his restaurant as loud or as soft as he wants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>