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Sounds in the City on Électrons Libres, Télé-Québec

by Christine Kerrigan

On Friday, November 17, Télé Québec aired a TV spot on their show Électrons Libres featuring the research and work of the Sounds in the City team at McGill University. Dr. Catherine Guastavino, principal investigator for the team, walked Télé-Québec commentator, Rabi Rammal, through some recent research the team has been conducting for a newly designed pedestrian zone on Roy Street in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montréal. The interview then migrated to the team’s lab facilities at McGill’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology (CIRMMT), where Guastavino demonstrated some of the team’s capabilities for recreating urban sound environments using sound simulation technologies. The paragraphs that follow provide a short summary of some of the key themes and topics discussed during the interview.

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Urban noise pollution, a real danger for health – Romain Dumoulin on Radio Canada

Sounds in the City member, Romain Dumoulin, explains that the urban sound environment is more than just the sum of its noises. As a former noise inspector at the city, he knows exactly where the bulk of complaints have come from; but responding to complaints can’t help protect us from all of the sounds that are bad for us, nor can complaints help us understand the sounds that are appreciated. He also discusses how the field of psychoacoustics (or the perception of hearing) can have implications for the layout of our cities and the regulations that guide them.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/les-eclaireurs/segments/entrevue/39317/pollution-sonore-acousticien-bruit-urbain-psychoacoustique (only available in French)

Sounds in the City in L’Actualité

Check out this fascinating long-form article on the price of silence in Quebec by Catherine Dubé at L’Áctualité. Titled, “Is Silence a Luxury? We must go further and further and pay more and more to have a little bit of peace,” the author explores the sonic ramifications of massive increases in population and private automobile usage in the province. She covers the various strategies that residents, urban, suburban, and rural alike, use to find their relief and also what the government has done to help. There is, however, apparently a price to pay for being poor – Montreal’s noisiest neighborhoods are also its poorest, for example.

The piece arrives at the work of Sounds in the City, describing our psychoacoustic approach, our work with the city, and the importance of integrated planning and acoustics decisions:

http://lactualite.com/societe/2017/08/08/le-silence-est-il-un-luxe/  (in French only, but the Google Translation is OK)

Ville sonore à l’émission Les Années lumière

Breakout session during the "Animating Pedestrian Zones in the Sonic Dimension" event in Montreal

Écoutez Catherine Guastavino et Romain Dumoulin nous parler du projet de recherche Ville sonore (Sounds in the City) dans une entrevue réalisée à l’émission Les Années lumières de Radio-Canada durant le 85ème congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS).

ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/les-annees-lumiere/episodes/380963/audio-fil-du-dimanche-14-mai-2017/4

Sounds in the City participates in the 85th ACFAS Conference

by Christopher Trudeau

In the context of the 85th ACFAS conference (Association francophone pour le savoir) held at McGill University, our research group presented Sounds in the City: toward an acoustic urban design on May 10, 2017, during the Science-me event held for the general public.

More than just an introduction to the concept of the urban soundscape, this was an opportunity to show a wider audience two ongoing projects.

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New Cities Foundation

Breakout session during the "Animating Pedestrian Zones in the Sonic Dimension" event in Montreal

Head over to Perspectives at the New Cities Foundation to see:

Sounds in the City: Are you listening to the world around you?

a summary of our November, 2016 workshop written by team members Daniel Steele and Christine Kerrigan.

Special thanks to all of our workshop organizers: Catherine Guastavino (principal investigator, McGill University), Romain Dumoulin (acoustician and demo lead), Kaisa Tikkanen (Goethe-Institut Montréal), Marthe Boucher (City of Montréal).

We wish to thank the City of Montréal, Goethe-Institut Montréal, IPLAI, CIRMMT, McGill Innovation Week, and McGill’s Dean of Arts for their support in our workshop.

The water sounds of pedestrianized spaces

Jochen Steffens attends an "Animating Pedestrian Zones in the Sonic Dimension" workhsop in Montreal

This is a guest post by Dr Jochen Steffens, Postdoctoral Researcher from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

I was pleased to accept an invitation from Sounds in the City to speak at their workshop on the potential of water sounds to improve soundscape quality in urban environments. In particular, I was excited to interact with practitioners who might have the potential and creativity to immediately realize some of my ideas based on my research with water features in the urban context.

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More Resources on Soundscape

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology laboratory

Want to learn more about soundscapes and how they apply to the city? Here are two recent, well written articles we recommend.

10 Questions on soundscapes of the built environment
Jian Kang, Francesco Aletta, Truls Gjestland, … Lisa Lavia
Built Environment, vol. 108, November 2016, pp. 284-294

Considering sound in planning and designing public spaces
Edda Bild, Matt Koler, Karin Pfeffer, Luca Bertolini
Journal of Planning Literature, vol. 31, no. 4, 2016, pp. 419–434