Most people readily acknowledge that cities are bustling, active and noisy places throughout the day. The allure for developers is to extend that vibrancy and activity into the night. Mixed-use developments help to accomplish this by combining retail, residential, and commercial uses in one exciting building or complex. But this dense, urban design poses several significant acoustical issues. How can a developer provide the excitement of street-level shops and restaurants while calming their noise and not impacting the late night office workers and high-end residences above them? How can architects design urban destinations that don’t disturb the neighbors upstairs?
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