Monthly Archives: August 2012

Steve, watch out for that pipe!


What does NIHD mean to you? I’ve heard varied answers for this, with some people even guessing that it was a new kind of battery for cameras. I’m of course, talking about Noise Induced Hearing Deficiency. Given how commonplace it is now, it is surprising that nobody really knows about it. It is not surprising, it is actually alarming. The only explanation to this is that any form of deafness earlier was attributed to age, or accidents.  The truth is, […]

Sound- The Fourth Dimension


To understand what your pair of ears really mean in your life, just walk around half an hour with your ears closed. Experience how distant it makes you feel from the environment around you. The soundscape is such an integral part of the cognitive memory of a place in time, that without it, things just don’t feel normal anymore. I don’t know if there is an evolutionary reason as to why our ears are much more sensitive than our eyes […]

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Types of Noise (Part 3): Noise in Office Spaces


This is part 3 of a multi-part article dealing with common sources of noise in the urban environment.  Part 1 talks about Community Noise, and Part 2 talks about Road Traffic Noise.  Now this may raise eyebrows, because a lot of us go to quiet, plush offices that don’t sound sharp or reverberant. The carpets provide absorption for both, footfalls and some amount of reverberation. Offices are supposed to be quiet anyways – if you’re talking, your boss won’t like […]

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Types of Noise (Part 2): Road Traffic Noise


 This is part 2 of a multi-part article that lists out common noise sources and their effects on the quality of our lives.  Part 1 deals with community noise.  Road Noise particularly deserves a separate blog post. This is the most common problem faced by independent houses, hospitals, auditoria,  independant small business offices, and even some large corporate offices in Bangalore. Scene 1: Cities grow. When people bought plots and built houses, they were located away from the noisy, bustling city center and […]

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Acoustics and Aesthetics


These two words have more than a few letters in common, contrary to what some architects probably believe. And no, they need not be conceptual antonyms of each other The variety of finishes available these days would leave most interior designers with no room for complaint. Choose from vinyl, fabric, leather, or just good old perforated gyp or wood. There’re also products that are actually transparent, and can be used on glass. The only constraint is usually related to how […]

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When is the best time to talk to an Acoustics engineer?


Unfortunately, there’s only one design a building is going to have, and it has to include everyone’s conveniences and dreams – the client’s, the architect’s, the HVAC, electrical and plumbing people, and last but not the least, the acoustic consultant’s.  The correct interpretation of  ideas into engineering requirements, and their faithful implementation will form the bridge between dreams and conveniences. This is why it is vital to call in your acoustical consultant sooner – during the design phase. The laws […]