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Effects of a low-height sound absorbent street furniture and a fountain on the soundscape in a Stockholm pocket park
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the Inter-Noise 2016, 2016, 5203-5211 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigated the effects of a mock-up version of a low-height sound absorbent street furniture and a fountain on the local soundscape in a pocket park in Stockholm. Binaural recordings were conducted at two distances from the main road (on the sidewalk and in the park). The recordings were conducted with or without the mock-up, and with the local fountain either turned on or off. Thirty-two students (16 women, Mage = 26.6 yrs., SDage = 5.7) participated in a listening experiment, and assessed eight experimental sounds, in context of 12 fill sounds, on how pleasant or eventful they were. ANOVA showed that the mock-up had a stronger effect on pleasantness on the sidewalk than in the park, and the fountain contributed to pleasantness only in the absence of the mock-up. Moreover, the fountain reduced the eventfulness in the park but not on the sidewalk. The results are in line with previous case studies. Taken together, they suggest that it is better to build low-height sound absorbent street furniture  han fountains, to improve the urban soundscape.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 5203-5211 p.
Series
Inter-noise / International Conference on Noise Control Engineering, ISSN 0105-175X
Keyword [en]
soundscape quality, noise barrier, fountain
National Category
Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138345ISBN: 978-3-939296-11-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138345DiVA: diva2:1066875
Conference
Inter-Noise 2016, 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, Towards a Quieter Future, Hamburg, Germany, 21–24 August 2016
Available from: 2017-01-19 Created: 2017-01-19 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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