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Noise Mapping

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When soundscape meets architecture

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp
  • Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Acoustics Technische Universität Berlin, 10587 Berlin, German
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/ Pamela Jordan
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Acoustics Technische Universität Berlin, 10587 Berlin, Germany
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Published Online: 2016-08-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/noise-2016-0015

Abstract

The harmonization of noise indicators, noise mapping, and action plans delivers basic administrative information not only for noise abatement in highly noisepolluted areas, but also for comparisons across built environments regionally and internationally. However, such activities do not provide any tools or essential knowledge for the more demanding tasks required in designing and planning sustainable built environments that are supportive to wellbeing and health. Without knowing the determining factors behind dose-response curves [1, 2], the decision process for developing action plans is unnecessarily restricted. Optional courses of action for handling a noise problem cannot be sufficiently considered without understanding the full context—physical, cultural, emotional— of noise’s effect on people. Therefore, an approach for considering these many angles must involve diverse fields of practice and interdisciplinary approaches. One such methodology is the multidimensional Soundscape Approach, which emphasizes how the acoustic environment is perceived, experienced, and/or understood by a person or people in context. Relying on principles of the Soundscape Approach, two urban green spaces will be examined regarding noise abatement strategies in relation to visitors’ experiential expectations. It will be shown how and why soundscape is an invaluable tool in detecting and analyzing needs for an adequate acoustic environment, accounting for people’s concerns and integrating their local expertise to guide the process of planning, designing and maintaining sites.

Keywords: soundscape; architecture; local experts; built environment; historic environment

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About the article

Received: 2016-05-02

Accepted: 2016-07-25

Published Online: 2016-08-12


Citation Information: Noise Mapping, Volume 3, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2084-879X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/noise-2016-0015.

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