ACOUSTICAL DESIGN FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING
Acoustical Design for 21st Century Learning
Paul E Marks and Katrina Scherebnyj 1
1BKL Consultants Ltd., #308 - 1200 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7J 2A2.
The design of new schools and buildings used for education requires acoustical conditions that not only achieve the objective design standards of the School District but also reflect the needs of contemporary teaching methods. Increasingly spaces within schools have to be adaptable to both group and interactive learning as well as providing conditions that are sufficiently adequate for more traditional teaching techniques.
The demands for acoustical conditions that allow for a high degree of learning and understanding in open-plan classrooms, commons or multi-purpose spaces, but which also prevent undue noise intrusion, results in challenges to the modern day acoustical engineer during both the architectural design and construction stages.
The paper will examine the key acoustical drivers for modern educational needs and the constraints faced by designers and acousticians. It will also consider the main design requirements for excellent acoustical conditions in learning spaces and will discuss and evaluate practical examples of design treatments and measures that have been used in schools to provide such conditions.
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