Buildings are noisy because architects don’t study sound, writes David Sykes. Few think about acoustic design, leaving us beautiful spaces that are uncomfortable and unwelcoming.
A tech solution to restaurant noise? Yes, but at a cost—$60k to $80k, to be exact. Or restaurateurs could engage in some cheap self-help and just turn down the music volume.
Dr. Daniel Fink shares a recent Physics Today article that introduces us to acoustic ecology, a field that explores the awareness of sound in response to noise pollution.