Acoustics and church architecture

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Journal titleJournal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Pages5155; # of pages: 5
Subjectarchitectural acoustics; churches; acoustics; Speech security; acoustique architecturale; eglise; acoustique (science)
AbstractThe author sketches the changes in church architecture from the middle ages to recent time from an acoustical point of view. Today the emphasis is on community participation and communication. Acoustical requirements for speech intelligibility and music (choir and organ) are discussed. Large churches, even with the best acoustical design, usually require electronic sound enforcement. Acoustical design involves consideration of sound absorption and reflection. The ray technique which is illustrated by diagrams, is used to determine the time sequences of reflections arriving at different listening locations in the church. The proper design approach requires that the acoustical properties be considered at every stage of design.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number7005
NPARC number20374677
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Record created2012-07-23
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