Buildings are noisy because architects don't study sound, writes David Sykes. Few think about acoustic design, leaving us beautiful spaces that are uncomfortable and unwelcoming.
Silence, please! Is it really possible to mute the world? In a word, no. Well, certainly not yet, but scientists are working on new technology that may reduce noise.
Is your home too noisy? Kate Wagner, a grad studen studying acoustics, has written a useful guide to help you make your space more peaceful.