Art of noise: Arup launches a studio to show how design changes sound

Arup has launched a studio in Singapore that allows clients, architects, engineers and stakeholders to hear how design can shape sound.

The engineering designer’s SoundLab is the first such studio in Southeast Asia.

Acoustical design is used to optimize many types of projects, such as transportation terminals, roads and railways, auditoriums, offices, shopping malls and nightclubs.

SoundLab uses audio technology to reproduce the level and character of sound in a space, and is intended to allow customers to understand how their projects will sound and suggest changes.

The studio has already been used by Arup.

Jingfeng Xu, Head of Acoustics and Audio Visual for Arup in Singapore, said, “We now have a powerful tool to help our customers and associates make ‘wise’ decisions.

“Sound and noise are familiar to everyone. However, conventional techniques for describing their quality or impacts are not readily available and are often misunderstood – for example, the decibel system seems counter-intuitive to many people.

“SoundLab allows them to listen to changes in the design’s acoustic environment, providing an objective framework to measure all factors in the design process before making an informed decision.”

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