In order to help develop an applied soundscape strategy for the City of Brighton & Hove, in the United Kingdom, we conducted a social survey, as part of a project called Sounding Brighton, via a questionnaire study. The survey, in which members of the public were invited to participate anonymously, was supported by the EU COST Action TD0804 “Soundscapes of European Cities and Landscapes”, in cooperation with Brighton & Hove City Council and Local Action Teams. In total, 354 individuals, 15 years or older, completed the questionnaire. It consisted of four parts: (1) noise annoyance, (2) favourite outdoor location in Brighton & Hove and the social and recreational activities it entails, (3) what sounds are appropriate to the favourite location, and (4) demographic data. Using hierarchical cluster analysis, 5 categories of favourite locations, as well as 5 categories of recreational soundscapes, were found. The categories of favourite locations in Brighton & Hove were named: ‘Beach & Seaside’, ‘City Park’, ‘Peri -Urban Recreation Area’, ‘My Space’, and ‘Downtown City’. The recreational soundscapes were named: ‘Urban Nature’, ‘Distant Nature’, ‘Urban’, ‘Seaside’, and ‘Urban Beach’. A Chi Square analysis showed that there is a statistically significant and meaningful relationship between the social and recreational activities that people find suitable in their favourite outdoor location and the degree to which they find that specific sound sources are appropriate there. The next step in the development of an applied soundscape strategy is to identify and map all areas of Brighton & Hove that fall under the five categories of favourite locations, and to decide on their acoustic objectives in line with the five categories of recreational soundscapes.
2012. Paper 760- p.
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