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Listening and the League of Nations: Acoustics Are the Argument

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dc.contributor.author von Fischer, Sabine es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-08T09:14:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-08T09:14:55Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-03
dc.identifier.isbn 9788490483732
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/86803
dc.description.abstract [EN] In the debates following the 1926-27 competition for the new headquarters of the League of Nations in Geneva, the acoustic aspect was largely overlooked. The competition coincided with the formation of architectural acoustics as a profession and an academic discipline. Looking at this coincidence sheds new light on the reasoning of Peter Meyer and Sigfried Giedion, who, in support of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret’s scheme, gave remarkable prominence to arguments about acoustics. The transmission of speech in the large Assembly Hall with seating for 2,700 could not be resolved by traditional techniques, and opinions on the modern method of electroacoustic amplification differed greatly. The protagonists who stepped forward in favor of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret’s scheme, for which Gustave Lyon served as acoustic advisor, emphasized the sound quality of their design for the large Assembly Hall. Despite the acoustically infeasible competition brief, they declared literal understanding, based on the intelligibility of speech, to be a fundamental function of the League of Nations headquarters. The questions raised in this paper relate to architecture’s aurality and visuality, as well as claims concerning function in debates on Modernism. Diplomatic understanding was evidently at stake in the League of Nations’ political program, but, curiously, literal understanding was neglected in the acoustic design for the Assembly Hall by many of the competitors and the jury, and - apart from a short remark by Jacques Gubler in 1985 - was subsequently overlooked by historians. es_ES
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof LE CORBUSIER. 50 AÑOS DESPUÉS es_ES
dc.rights Reconocimiento - No comercial - Sin obra derivada (by-nc-nd) es_ES
dc.subject architecture es_ES
dc.subject le corbusier es_ES
dc.subject modern movement es_ES
dc.title Listening and the League of Nations: Acoustics Are the Argument es_ES
dc.type Capítulo de libro es_ES
dc.type Comunicación en congreso es_ES
dc.identifier.doi 10.4995/LC2015.2015.495
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Von Fischer, S. (2016). Listening and the League of Nations: Acoustics Are the Argument. En LE CORBUSIER. 50 AÑOS DESPUÉS. Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València. 694-712. doi:10.4995/LC2015.2015.495. es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod OCS es_ES
dc.relation.conferencename LC2015 - Le Corbusier, 50 years later es_ES
dc.relation.conferencedate November 18-20,2015 es_ES
dc.relation.conferenceplace Valencia, Spain es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://ocs.editorial.upv.es/index.php/LC2015/LC2015/paper/view/495 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 694 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 712 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.relation.pasarela 495 es_ES


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