Video And Architectural Design
PRO AV has always affected building design and construction, although it may not have been considered as early in the process as it should have been. Each of the three fundamental components of pro AV systems: audio, video, and control has its own set of building design requirements.
Given all of these changes as a result of advancing technology, it's nice to know that some things won't change in terms of room design. For example, when integrating video images into rooms, there will always be a need for adequate image sizing and performing appropriate sightline studies to determine vertical and horizontal image placement and seating layouts. These design considerations are important no matter what display technology is being used.
Another constant is infrastructure design. Making sure there's adequate power, data, and signal access to electronic displays will continue to be an integral part of pro AV design. Lighting is part of that infrastructure, and while direct-view displays allow for more flexible lighting designs, video display should never be ignored when lighting AV spaces.
Regardless of their evolutionary rate, audio, video, and control have an impact on building design, with video still leading the pack. For architects, engineers, and facility planners, knowing how AV — video or otherwise — can impact a building up front is the best way to avoid costly design problems down the road.
Tim Cape is a contributing editor for Pro AV, the principal consultant for Atlanta-based technology consulting firm Technitect LLC, and co-author of “AV Best Practices,” published by InfoComm International. He's an instructor for the InfoComm International Audiovisual Design School and an active member of the consultant's councils for both InfoComm International and NSCA. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.