Poor acoustics in classrooms not only have a negative impact on children's concentration, learning and performance, according to various studies, but also cause voice problems, fatigue and reduce well-being among teachers.
With Interioor, aifoon is setting up a project on listening to and improving acoustics in classrooms of educational and care institutions. Acoustic attention and adjustments not only increase intelligibility, but also the general well-being and productivity.
"A landmark study published in 1975 found that the reading scores of sixth graders whose classroom faced a clattering subway track lagged nearly a year behind those of students in quieter classrooms—a difference that disappeared once soundproofing materials were installed."
from: 'The end of silence' in The Atlantic
We are often very concerned about what our rooms should look like, but we hardly ever think about what we want a room to sound like. While the acoustics of a room are very important and there are many possibilities to work with them, even on a small scale.
As a teacher, how can you deal with acoustics together with your pupils ? With Interioor we want to stimulate people to approach and adapt the acoustic comfort within their (learning) environment in a personal way. That's why we developed a tool that enables a class or group to :
(1) listen to their classroom acoustically themselves
(2) 'tune' and adapt their own classroom.
For this, we worked together with an architect, a sound designer and an acoustic specialist.
The video below from The_Faber (FandF entertainment) shows how sound absorbing panels can significantly influence the acoustics of a room. The walls of this studio were covered in 4 phases with 36m2 of panels for a total budget of about 500 euros. So even small interventions can make a big difference!
think tank 'Interioor
- Leslie Burm (architect)
- Sigert De Jean (acoustical expert)
- Thomas Vertongen (sound designer)
- Lode Godderis (Professor Environment and Health KU Leuven)
- Timothy Van Renterghem (Professor of Acoustics UGent)