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Soundscape and the human scale in urban design
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

With changing practices in urban planning, moving away from thinking of the city primarily in terms of infrastructure towards a growing appreciation of the city as a stage for social interaction, the human scale is all more important in urban design. What do the citizens need, and how would they like the city to be? Soundscape research focuses on these issues with regards to the acoustic environment, aiming to develop knowledge, tools and strategies. Central purposes of soundscapes studies are to describe, evaluate, change or to design/create acoustic environments. The aim is to promote health, well-being and quality of life. Because soundscape concerns how people perceive, experience or understand the acoustic environment the human scale is taken into account by definition. This paper will discuss questions that are central to soundscape theory and its application in an increasingly dense urban environment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
soundscape, urban design, urban outdoor space, quiet areas
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138330DiVA: diva2:1066843
Conference
2nd International Conference on “Changing Cities II: spatial, design, landscape & socio-economic dimensions” Porto Heli, Peloponnese – Greece, 22-26 June, 2015
Available from: 2017-01-19 Created: 2017-01-19 Last updated: 2017-01-19

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