Logo NEUHAUS Akustische Architektur
Glasfassade in London

Bauwerke bilden Resonanzräume und haben daher einen starken Einfluss auf die akustischen Verhältnisse in Städten.


In this paper we present results of four years of independent interdisciplinary research on urban acoustics, focusing on the connections between architecture/urban design and the acoustic conditions of urban environments.

We argue that in today's planning and design approaches the complexity and diversity of acoustical effects produced by buildings and urban structures are generally underestimated, and that subsequently environments with unfavourable acoustic properties are created.

We outline a new approach to the built environment: showing that urban acoustics by far exceed the subject of noise; that acoustic quality plays a major role in how we perceive and thus use places; that architecture and urban design – by building large-scale resonant spaces – are at least as influential on urban soundscapes as sound sources are; and that this knowledge is critical for the creation of an effective and sustainable public realm.