YOU CAN HEAR JOY, TOO (THANKS TO CAREFUL DESIGN)

by Sydney Franklin


"Sound defines, animates and enlarges the architecture. If only subliminally, we also know, by contrast, when sounds spoils architecture because it fails to correspond to function. The bygone Shea Stadium in Queens was joyless partly because the design of its low, wide semicircle dissipated the sound of a cheering crowd into Flushing Bay. Fenway Park in Boston is the reverse; it concentrates hometown joy."

- Dear Architects, Sound Matters by Michael Kimmelman