By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


It's hard to turn a deaf ear to the sounds of life in the city

If you accept my recent proposition about 'aural architecture', and imagine buildings that can be heard but not seen, you can quickly comprehend the impact this shift would have on design. Responding to a different sense would create a new architecture. Fashions for forms would become nonsensical as the ear replaced the eye in the assessment of the pleasures and disappointments of architecture. Think of the tricks that film directors play. I am thinking particularly of Jacques Tati's ...


for less than 46p a day

Join thousands of professionals who already subscribe to the Architects' Journal.
You’ll get instant access to read this article -
and 53,000+ articles like it.

  • Trusted industry news & analysis, wherever you need itUnlimited online access and weekly magazine delivery – now also available on iPad/iPhone
  • Get ideas, get inside buildings and check precedentsBuildings Library – images, drawings and plans for exemplar projects in British architecture
  • Planning & regulation – what you need to know Protect your practice - the AJ keeps you up-to-date with changes to regulations and legislation
The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters