Zackery Belanger

The Next Acoustic Architecture

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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.

Emily Zimmerman

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.

Zackery Belanger
Concert Hall
March 4, 2014, 7PM

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA