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Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?

Experiencing Aural Architecture Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter, The MIT Press, 2006, £25.95 Blesser and Salter explore the intriguing concept of aural architecture, arguing that every environment, from Gothic cathedrals to today's home theatres, can be understood by 'attentive listening'. Their interdisciplinary book ranges from architecture, acoustics and audio engineering to cognitive psychology and anthropology.

Twenty-Five Years on Twenty Estates: Turning the Tide Rebecca Tunstall for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Policy Press, £12.95. (view free at www. jrf. org. uk/bookshop/ eBooks/1812-progressunpopular-estates. pdf) Concluding on a note of cautious optimism, this report tries to unravel issues of ownership, management, redevelopment and policy to assess conditions on 20 unpopular English estates.

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