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So why are music and sound an emerging focus for 3-D design today? It starts with our health and then aspires to art.

First, spaces and buildings meant to help us hear better are now seen as more productive, comfortable and safe. Yet they are rare, and architects don't really get paid for the aural health benefits of their design, says Julian Treasure, a sound consultant whose TED talks have raised awareness of "sound health." It seems our increasingly noisy world is bad for humans. As Treasure implores, it's time "to start designing for our ears."

Soundscapes are also a focus for architects, performing artists and groups of all kinds seeking to create better and more meaningful sound experiences.

Wonder what one looks like? Several Van Lengen visualizations appear below.


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