Das akustische Argument

Sabine von Fischer
Das akustische Argument
Wissenschaft und Hörerfahrung in der Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts

2019. 16.5 x 24.5 cm, softcover with flap
367 pages, 174 illustrations b/w
ISBN 978-3-85676-354-1
CHF 52.00 / EUR 48.00

Designed by Philippe Mouthon

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Throughout the 20th century, acoustics became an independent academic discipline. It has since evolved into an interdisciplinary science. It has always sought and found new methods for recording sound phenomena and auditory perception. Sabine von Fischer guides us through the beginnings of this new knowledge culture, the first experiments, and the erudition of dimensions that make acoustics relevant to architecture.
Through international research projects and case studies from world-famous planning debates to everyday residential buildings, she traces the development of modern building and room acoustics and their consequences for architectural form. The competition projects for the League of Nations Building (1927), the Kongresshaus Zurich (1937) or the London exhibition’s ‘House of the Future’ (1957) illustrate how the growing knowledge of the physics of building and perception of acoustics have changed architectural practice.

This volume was published with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.