Sound fundamentals for professionals of the built environment: a course for city makers

By Edda Bild

Sounds in the City is yet again going back to school! Or, rather, taking professionals of the built environment back to (fun) school as part of a course on sound fundamentals. Our course is aimed at encouraging sound awareness among those who make our cities. We hope to better equip them to both independently articulate their sound-related needs and work toward explicit sound-related goals.

The course is designed to be hands-on and example-based, avoiding dwelling too much on academic work to instead pair accessible theoretical content with practical policy and design considerations.  The focus will be on developing tangible insight that professionals can directly engage with in their everyday work. No equations will be harmed in the making of this course.

The five two-hour sessions will be filled with opportunities to put newly acquired sound-related knowledge to the test in evaluating existing projects, participating in collaborative roleplaying exercises and engaging with available sound technologies that can enhance practice. Each session focuses on a different aspect of sound that can be applied, from hearing perception to community noise, and more. At the end of the course, professionals will be able to think about sound as more than just a problem that arises at the worst of times, but rather as an integrated part of the urban environment, and to better understand and anticipate the (acoustic) consequences of their decisions.

For “le petit plus”, attendees will be able to receive a certificate of attendance to count toward their continuing education hours.

The course is currently under development and will be available in the fall of 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the first iteration will be digital, and offered in English. So if you’re an architect, planner, designer, landscape architect or other professional of the built environment (or know any!) and you’re still reading this, sign up for our mailing list to not miss any updates about the course using this form.