Monday, February 14, 2011

Vigeant Co-Edits Book on Acoustical Design of Theatres

Michelle Vigeant, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, is one of three co-editors of the book Acoustical Design of Theatres for Drama Performance: 1985-2010.

The book was published through the Acoustical Society of America. The other co-editors are David Bradley, assistant professor in the physics and astronomy department at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and Erica Ryherd, assistant professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.

The book is a compilation of theatres from around the world designed between 1985 and 2010. Individual acoustical consulting firms contributed examples of their work, including drawings, pictures, and acoustical data. The book includes introductions from leading theatre consultants and a case study from an artistic director’s perspective. The contributed theatres have been subdivided into four categories: (1) Proscenium, (2) Thrust Theatres, (3) Black Box and Multi-Form Theatres, and (4) Alternative-Form Theatres. The book closes with an overview of acoustic design for drama theatres and a glossary of common room acoustics terminology.

The book is being distributed through the Acoustical Society of America.

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