Marie Aigner shows how background noise in cafés, libraries, offices, and other environments where many people gather for long periods of time can be attenuated, thereby improving communication and augmenting the listening experience. She especially focuses on the specific aspects that architects and interior designers need to consider. This title examines the interface of acoustical engineering, material science, and design. In a comprehensive introduction, the author presents the relevant contemporary findings and requirements regarding noise-cancelling techniques. This is followed by a detailed presentation of some 40 real-life examples of up-and-coming and established architectural studios from around the world that have tackled acoustically complex situations to come up with their own, often original, solutions. Outstanding and pioneering acoustic properties and excellent design solutions enter into a compelling symbiosis in all projects selected for this book.