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Sounds in the City presents at Semaine du son UNESCO Canada

by Edda Bild

The UNESCO Sound Week (Semaine du Son UNESCO), an event taking place all over France every year in January since 2017, was planned to have its first iteration in Quebec in 2020. A week-long series of events under the umbrella of the UNESCO Sound Week Canada (La Semaine du Son de L’UNESCO Canada) was organized in late March as part of the 2020 International Year of Sound. As with many events right now, it went digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All presentations were transferred online, and were uploaded temporarily on the page of the Semaine du Son. Sounds in the City was invited to give two presentations.

Soundscape design for urban professionals (Le Son pour les practiciens en aménagement)

By Edda Bild and Cynthia Tarlao

Sounds in the City presents the outline of a course we are putting together, entitled: A new intro to sound: Concrete steps for designing with sound in mind. The course is intended for an audience of urban design professionals from the private sector, or anyone else interested in sound-aware city-making processes. Click here to access a teaser presentation (in French) for our soundscape design course.

For those of you reading this blogpost, the syllabus of the course and the format are still work in progress, so your feedback is highly appreciated! Contact us at contact@sounds-in-the-city.org for details on the course or for suggestions and recommendations.

Montreal as a soundscape living lab (Montréal comme laboratoire vivant sur les ambiances sonores)

By Catherine Guastavino

Sounds in the City PI, Catherine Guastavino, gives a description of how we use the city of Montreal as our living lab for soundscape research. Pairing original user research, like questionnaire studies and interviews, with sound-aware design thinking, we are working with partners to bring sound to the design table. Click here to access the presentation (in French).

The Sounds in the City team hopes everyone is staying safe and healthy. Our team is adapting our work and research priorities to the new realities and the “new normal”. Stay tuned for future “sounds during the COVID-19 quarantine” – related posts.

Les présentations des Journées du Bruit Environnemental sont disponibles en ligne

L’équipe Ville sonore a participé aux premières Journées du Bruit Environnemental organisées par le Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux en novembre dernier à Montréal. Ces journées rassemblaient des acteurs des milieux universitaire, municipal, provincial et fédéral, des intervenants du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux, du milieu communautaire et des représentants de groupes de de citoyens, pour mieux comprendre les enjeux liés au bruit environnemental et à sa gestion. En effet, le bruit environnemental peut être conçu comme enjeu de santé publique, de qualité de vie, de pollution environnementale ou comme ressource pour l’aménagement. Dans tous les cas, le sonore joue un rôle crucial dans l’expérience de vie des citoyens et l’aménagement de nos villes.

Les vidéos des présentations et tables rondes sont maintenant disponibles sur le site web du MSSS. Elles sont jointes à la programmation des journées au lien ci-dessous. Vous y trouverez notamment trois présentations de Prof. Catherine Guastavino, qui dirige le partenariat Ville Sonore. Ses présentations portent sur l’expérience sonore en milieu urbain, les normes et valeurs au Québec (en collaboration avec Thomas Dupont) et l’étude de cas de la place Fleurs-de-Macadam sur le Plateau Mont-Royal. Mais c’est l’équipe Ville Sonore au complet qui était impliquée dans ces journées, notamment avec la présentation de démonstrations sonores immersives très appréciées par les participants.

Programmation des journées avec lien vers les présentations :

https://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/sante-environnementale/journees-du-bruit-environnemental/programmation/

Lien des vidéos des présentations de Prof. Catherine Guastavino :

Dans la salle de demos, les ambiances sonores virtuelles

Have your voice heard, we’re listening: what does the Quartier des spectacles sound like to you?

Do you want to help and engage with our research at Sounds in the City? Now that 2020 is in full swing, our team invites you to participate in an online survey for a research project conducted in collaboration with Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. We are looking back at the 2019 festival season with this survey to get a sense of the expectations that people who work, live and visit the area of the Quartier des Spectacles have in terms of the sound environment of the neighborhood. The results will be used to inform recommendations for improving current Montreal noise management strategies, so every response matters!

To access the survey and share your opinion on the 2019 festival season, click:

https://surveys.mcgill.ca/ls/192584?lang=en

The survey will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Your answers are anonymous, and you are of course free to withdraw from participation at any time. The team thanks you for sharing your insight with us.

Sounds in the City goes to Boston

Soundwalk in Boston's Christian Science Center
from twitter.com/VLiTBHA

Earlier this month, Sounds in the City team members Daniel Steele and Edda Bild headed to the Initiative on Cities at Boston University to lead a Boston soundwalk and participate in a seminar series on urban sound. Check out a full summary of the event here:

The Sounds of Boston and Beyond: Hearing the Sonic Dimension of Cities

and find a full video of the seminar here:

Facebook Live: Initiative on Cities

Soundwalk in a residential walkway
from twitter.com/KathLusk
Soundwalk in Boston Symphony Hall
from twitter.com/KathLusk

Promoting cross-sector collaboration

by Christine Kerrigan

What could our cities look and feel like if we kept the sensory experience and local ecology in mind when we design and manage urban environments? I have the sneaking suspicion that they would be be happier and healthier places to live.

Designing in a more holistic way is well within our reach and it just requires us to collaborate more across sectors and disciplines. It’s in this vein that our McGill Sounds in the City team, in collaboration with the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Laval University and the Direction de la Santé Publique de Montréal, brought together professionals (urban planners, sound professionals, health professionals, engineers, designers, elected officials, researchers, etc.) from the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors for an afternoon participatory workshop to collaborate on ways to help our cities sound better. Multidisciplinary teams shared their expertise and experiences with one another as they worked to improve the sound environments on three different case studies: 1) a quiet zone park area being disrupted by construction; 2) a high rise building being constructed adjacent to an artery; and 3) a residential area undergoing significant commercial development. New connections were formed amongst the participants, which we hope will seed interesting future collaborations.

Our urban populations will continue to increase and we can no longer afford to work in isolation if we want to tackle system challenges our cities face now and in the future. As Buckminster Fuller put it, “We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.”

For more photos of the workshop: https://www.behance.net/gallery/83068631/Sounds-in-the-City-(July-2019)

Our July 9th participatory workshop was hosted by ÉTS and also created in partnership with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (MSSS) and the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC).

If you are interested in a workshop like this one, for you or your colleagues, please get in touch with the Sounds in the City team at info@sounds-in-the-city.org (P.I. Catherine Guastavino, McGill University).

Fleurs de Macadam: Transformer le paysage sonore urbain

by Valérian Fraisse

Depuis l’année dernière, l’équipe Sounds in the City, en étroite collaboration avec les designers sonores de chez Audiotopie, met en place des installations sonores sur la toute récente Place Fleurs-de-Macadam, au 962 Mont-Royal Est, durant l’été. Le but est de valoriser les différentes vocations de cet havre urbain, en tant que lieu de repos, de rencontres, et plus encore. En somme, créer une bulle dans la ville en réduisant l’impact sonore du trafic, mais aussi agir avec les acteurs et spécialistes du monde urbain. Ce projet va de pair avec l’objectif global de notre équipe, qui est d’enrichir le contact entre la recherche et le monde professionnel, et trouver de nouveaux moyens intelligents d’améliorer la vie dans la ville en agissant sur le son.

Dans cette optique, d’autres projets collaboratifs et artistiques verront le jour dans les années qui viennent. En attendant, venez apprécier et écouter nos expérimentations au 962 Mont-Royal Est cet été !

Plus d’informations à propos de l’installation de l’année dernière sont disponibles dans cet article de Céline Bonnot: https://experiencesdenature.com/jouer-sur-les-ambiances-sonores/

Sounds in the City visits Belgium – presentations available for download

Members of Sounds in the City found themselves in the lovely city of Ghent, Belgium for a symposium on urban sound.

Christine Kerrigan was one of about two dozen invited speakers who had been invited to speak on their soundscape expertise. Christine shared her experience at the intersection of multidisciplinary design and soundscape in her talk, “Bringing sound into urban public place design.” Her presentation slides, as well as those of many other presenters, are available for download here:

https://urban-sound-symposium.org/program/#talk-306

Christine also served as a jury member for the Soundscape Hackathon. View images of her participation here:

https://urban-sound-symposium.org/hackathon/

Je vote pour la science : « Ne pas sous-estimer la gestion du bruit »

Un membre de notre équipe, Romain Dumoulin, présente comment la ville anticipe et gère les bruits urbains. Aujourd’hui, l’approche courante est basée sur les nuisances définies par les plaintes des citoyens et limitée par les ressources humaines. Il explique qu’il faut sensibiliser les décideurs de la ville pour changer l’environnement sonore. Vous pouvez l’écoutez en suivant ce lien :

https://www.sciencepresse.qc.ca/blogue/2019/04/08/ne-estimer-gestion-bruit