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Designing the Color and Flavor of Sound in Your Building – an Appeal to Architects

Check out this month’s Architext, AIA Central PA’s seasonal newsletter featuring AD Senior Consultant Arthur van der Harten’s article “Designing the Color and Flavor of Sound in Your Building – an Appeal to Architects.”   https://aiacentralpa.org/spring-2018/#Acoustic   Pachyderm Acoustic is a free plugin for cad which simulates sound during design. You can download it for free […]

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Integrated Passive and Active Room Acoustics

NCAC-Winter-2018 Click on the link above to read David Kahn’s article “Integrated Passive and Active Room Acoustics” in the NCAC seasonal newsletter. 

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How Architectural Wood Grilles Affect Acoustics and Aesthetics at Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College

A key feature of the acoustic and architectural design of the new Kracum Performance Hall at Carleton College’s new 56,000 SF addition to the Weitz Center for Creativity is patterned wood grilles which accomplish two goals: to allow sound to pass through the grilles to reach hidden retractable sound absorbing curtains, and to create a […]

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Pachyderm Acoustic Empowers Architects to Use a New Building Material – Sound!

Our Senior Consultant Arthur van der Harten has been developing an open source collaborative tool for acoustics simulation called Pachyderm Acoustic Simulation. This tool has been gaining popularity among architects and designers who are interested in working directly with geometry and acoustics. By exchanging models and simulation schemes in Rhino and Grasshopper, Pachyderm allows a […]

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The Birds and Bees of Designing Conference Rooms

A conference room is often the heart of an organization’s facility. It is that part of the “hive” where essential information is exchanged. This room needs to look and feel right to instill confidence for room occupants and the room’s acoustics inherently needs to support speech intelligibility. Designing a room that looks right and enables […]

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From Banking to Ballads – Historic Lancaster Trust Building Repositioned as Distinctive Setting for Elevating Humanity and Artistic Excellence

A century ago, no expense was spared to build the downtown headquarters of Lancaster’s largest bank. Finished in 1912, the vision of Lancaster’s leading architect, C. Emlen Urban, resulted in one of Central Pennsylvania’s most stunning buildings. The bank failed in 1932 and the structure remained vacant for 50 years until efforts were waged to […]

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Rekindling the Romance of Historic Theaters – Beyond The Crumbling Facade

The crumbling facade of the vacant old theater to the casual onlooker is an eyesore. There are hundreds of them across North America.  Once vibrant settings showcasing human creativity, these performing arts centers have fallen victim to the march of progress – abandoned in favor of more modern performing arts centers, cinematic megaplexes and home […]

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Design: Sustainability for Function & Purpose [as a cultural resource]

What does sustainability mean? For many, it means energy efficiency – enabling a building to be more affordable to heat, cool, light, etc. Yet, in the context of art buildings, it carries significance in assuring that the building’s functions effectively showcase artistry and offer audiences life-long memorable experiences. This discussion explores elements that make a […]

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Acoustic Design Tools

Giving back: Arthur van der Harten, Sr. Consultant will be participating in a workshop utilizing his open source software, Pachyderm, for students at University College London. This remote skype workshop will help aspiring design professionals become more aware of and build skills in acoustics and simulation. In addition to serving as a practical way to […]

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Integrated Design to LEED GOLD – Empowering Educational Excellence

Connellsville Area Senior HIgh School was awarded the LEED project of the year award  from USGBC Central PA. AD was pleased to be part of the integrated design effort to the school’s renovation and expansion centered on achieving a vibrant learning facility that is highly energy efficient. Their architectural vision transformed the building to better […]

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