Seeking Stillness: One of the Quietest Rooms in the World | NBC Left Field

"These days, the quest for silence is an almost-impossible battle. But did you know that noise isn't just what we hear? It's also the glare that invades our eyesight and the draft that alters the temperature of a room. Noise is all around us. Steve Orfield has been studying this for decades at his lab in Minneapolis, Minnesota; his anechoic chamber has been a tourist attraction since the Guinness Book of World Records once named it the quietest place on earth. Orfield's chamber remains a tourist attraction—a destination where silence can be heard and felt. But why, in today’s increasingly noisy world, is silence such a rarity? And why do we need it?"



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"Rachel Slavik takes us to the quietest room in the world as we go Finding Minnesota"



This Strange Room Holds a Quiet Secret

"Inside the unassuming headquarters of Orfield Laboratories is a strange looking room with deafening silence. Called an anechoic chamber, the room held the Guinness World Record for quietest place in the world for nearly a decade."



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In Minneapolis, the world's quietest room

"This morning, we're talking about noise pollution and the negative health affects it can cause. In Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood, you can find the world's quietest room..."

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Preview: Inside the world's quietest room

"(CBS News) According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories holds the title of the World's Quietest place."

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We all crave it, but can you stand the silence? The longest anyone can bear Earth's quietest place is 45 minutes

"They say silence is golden – but there’s a room in the U.S that’s so quiet it becomes unbearable after a short time. The longest that anyone has survived in the ‘anechoic chamber’ at Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis is just 45 minutes..."

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We are pleased to announce the launching of our new website, which was designed by Frank Ariss of MCAD and the Royal College of Art in London working with Steven Orfield.  This is the last part of a 30+ year graphic partnership with Frank Ariss which has been one of the more rewarding relationships we have had over many years.  Frank was one the brightest graphic designers, worldwide, and was best known for his invention of the newspaper grid for the Minneapolis Star/Tribune, which proceeded to change newspapers forever. He was eulogized by his friend Mario Garcia in his Mario Blog in November of 2014.