The Yale School of Architecture is presenting three days of panels, presentations, and lectures on The Sound of Architecture. Experts in a variety of disciplines including design, construction, engineering, acoustics, archeology, media studies, history, musicology, philosophy, and more will convene Oct. 4-6 to examine how architecture is vital in creating the soundscapes that surround us. “Architecture has long been thought of in visual and practical terms, leaving its aural dimension largely unconsidered,” states the symposium description. “Yet architecture can create silent places and eddies of noise, deeply affecting our experience and facilitating or frustrating communication.”

Elizabeth Diller, principal of New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will give the keynote address on performance hall acoustics and the media artworks that her firm designs, such as the inflatable annex for the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. And Brigitte Shim, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA, of Shim-Sutcliffe Architecture in Toronto, will lead a discussion on how to take sound into consideration when designing a house and also will present a case study on a house her firm designed that has a performance/living space.

Other sessions will cover topics including the history of architecture and sound, architecture and stage acoustics, architecture and media technology, sound as a defining characteristic of space, the power of sound in civic spaces, and how sound affects social and aesthetic qualities in a space.

Registration beforehand is required, but the symposium is free and open to anyone.