International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


18 March 2020Italy

The quality of listening in very reverberant historical and monumental environments – materials and sound diffusion techniques


Frequently, historical or monumental indoor environments are used for seminars, conferences, assemblies of other public or private initiatives where the quality of listening is of primary importance. Usually, such environments are characterized, for geometric or material reasons, by acoustic conditions not suitable for these requirements, because of the sound reverberation, and their use is consequently very penalized.
The improvement and adaptation of the acoustic response of these environments through the addition of sound-absorbing materials are often difficult to be carried out because of the presence of historical, artistic or structural constraints.
The seminar will deal with both traditional solutions that have little impact on the appearance of these historical environments, as well as advanced audio techniques, through sound diffusion systems with sound power and directivity calibrated for the case in question.
During the seminar, organized within a course of the school of architecture and also open to the external public, the fundamentals of the discipline will be treated and it will be practically shown the correction of the room in which the seminar takes place, through audio techniques.
The seminar will take place in the main room of the university complex of Santa Verdiana, an ancient convent which was later transformed into a university.

Location: University of Florence, School of Architecture, Complex of Santa Verdiana - aula 1 - Piazza Ghiberti 27, Firenze, Italy

Organisation Responsible: Department of Architecture – University of Florence - Italy K-Academy - K-array surl - Italy

Contact: Simone Secchi, at


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