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Introducing soundscape
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)In: AESOP 2012, Ankara: Ankara, Turkey: Association of European Schools of Planning. / [ed] M. Balamir, M. Ersoy and E. Babalık Sutcliffe, 2012, Paper 220- p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

'Soundscape' – the acoustic equivalent of 'Landscape' – is a relatively new area to many. It concerns the acoustic environment as perceived, experienced or understood by people, in context. Current development in soundscape research is directed towards urban planning and design in promotion of sustainable development, health, well-being, and quality of life. Above all, soundscape is about what sounds are appropriate to, or belonging to, a place. There is no one ideal soundscape. To determine which soundscapes are good, we must consider which activities the soundscape may enable at a place. Furthermore, soundscape creates a sense of place, and it is an important aspect of our cultural heritage. For instance, what soundscapes will our generation transfer to the next, and how will this affect sustainability and quality of life in the future? To incorporate soundscape into urban planning and design, we must understand the relationship between sound and human activities in the urban environment. What sounds and human activities are compatible, and which are not? For example, what sounds are compatible with urban street-life, or with a young children’s playground? What sounds promote or impede social interaction in urban open spaces, or what sounds promote or impede tranquillity? In order to advance soundscape research, a coordinated, cooperative and interdisciplinary effort is needed.

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2012. Paper 220- p.
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soundscape, urban design, sustainability, quality of life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97270OAI: diva2:676357
AESOP 2012, Ankara

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