I had the opportunity to present on Lauren Ronsse’s PhD research at the Ecophon International Acousticians’ Seminar 2011 in Sweden, September 20-23, 2011. It was great to network with acousticians from around the world, particularly those in Scandinavia. I learned alot about how open plan offices are DIFFERENT in Europe, and how classroom acoustics standards and conditions vary across countries as well. We toured an open-plan school in Hellerup, Denmark, while school was in session. It was very … CRAZY! Hardly any walls at all! Check it out at these links: http://www.imagineschooldesign.org , http://www.hellerupskole.dk
All in all, I found the conference very inspiring … and fun! Here’s a scene from a choir competition one afternoon: Team 2’s performance of a Beach Boy classic (can you name any of the assorted acousticians?)
Check out the September 28-29, 2011, postings of the Ecophon Acoustic Bulletin, for interviews with assorted participants. And here’s a photo from the conference of me, our NAG alum Dr. Erica Ryherd (now a faculty member at Georgia Tech), and Erica’s postdoc advisor, Prof. Kerstin Persson Waye (Gothenburg University, Sweden).