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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