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Poorly Designed Acoustics in Schools Affect Learning Efficiency and Well-being

Few things irritate us more than exposure to excessive noise or inability to hear what we need to hear. Whether it's a nearby construction site, highway traffic, air conditioning, or a neighbor learning saxophone, research shows that noise can contribute to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, headaches, hormonal changes, sleep disturbance, reduced physical and mental performance, and the reduction of well-being. On the other hand, in an acoustically "comfortable" environment, in addition to listening to what we want, we focus better and feel calmer.

The concern about creating acoustically comfortable environments is often relegated to cinemas, concert halls and recording studios. But it is particularly important in learning environments, such as classrooms, as it directly influences the teaching-learning relationship. Acoustic discomfort can harm the process of knowledge acquisition, interfering with attention and worsening student-teacher communication.

The Threshold, The Secondary School / Paralelo Colectivo. Image © Luis Barandiarán Sandal Magna Community Primary School / Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Image © Mark Hadden Photography Sandringham Primary School / Walters & Cohen. Image © Dennis Gilbert / VIEW Sonia Delaunay School / ADEN architectes. Image © Sergio Grazia + 9

Woodland Elementary School / HMFH Architects

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  • Architects: HMFH Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 132500.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Brooklyn Boulders / Arrowstreet + Chris Ryan

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Somerville, United States
  • Architects: Arrowstreet, Chris Ryan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 40000.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Center for Life Science | Boston / Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

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Riverside Park Pavilion / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

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Cambridge, United States
  • Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.