The Next Acoustic Architecture
From the connections between enclosure geometry and sound a potential future for acoustic architecture emerges. In this future, acoustic performance is an integral component of the design process, with surface geometries determined from the largest room scales down to the smallest sound absorbing pores. A continuous spectrum of geometric possibility encompasses traditional applied acoustic treatment, such as absorption and diffusion, and the debate surrounding the function of ornament is partially resolved.
Zackery Belanger is an acoustic designer, consultant, and researcher, and a 2013 EMPAC researcher-in-residence. He holds BS and MS degrees in physics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and an MS degree in architectural sciences from Rensselaer. From 2002 to 2010 he worked for acoustician Kirkegaard Associates, experiencing the EMPAC project through small design roles and large analysis processes. Inspired by a few key innovations in the design of the EMPAC Concert Hall, he became convinced of their potential to advance the field.