The acoustics of public squares/places: A comparison between results from a computer simulation program and measurements in situ

Dario Paini, Jens Holger Rindel, Anders Gade, Giuseppe Turchini

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Abstract

In the contest of a PhD thesis, in which the main purpose is to analyse the importance of the public square/place (“agora”) as a meeting point of sound and music, with particular regard to its use for concerts (amplified or not), a first step was done, making comparisons between measurement in situ and results coming from a computer simulation program (Odeon), usually used for enclosed places, such as theatres, concert halls, etc. The main objective of this paper is to study how accurate such a program is in a contest (a public place) which could have a regular or a complex shape, and which is not completely closed and not completely open, with highly reflecting and partially diffusing vertical surfaces (the facades) and with one totally absorbing surface (the sky). A natural application of these results will be the possibility to detect the best position for a sound source (typically an orchestra or a band during, for instance, music summer festivals) and the best position for the audience. A further result could be to propose some acoustic adjustments to achieve better acoustic quality by considering the acoustic parameters which are typically used for concert halls and opera houses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInter-Noise 2004
Place of PublicationPrague
Publication date2004
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Paini, D., Rindel, J. H., Gade, A., & Turchini, G. (2004). The acoustics of public squares/places: A comparison between results from a computer simulation program and measurements in situ. In Inter-Noise 2004 Prague.