WORKSHOP – Co-designing soundscapes of public spaces: Integrating new technologies and approaches

Integrating sound considerations into the planning and design of public spaces has remained a difficult challenge. Visual renderings depict what something will look like, but how do we represent what a space will sound like? Fortunately, the increasing availability of powerful, yet easy-to-use and relatively low-cost audio hardware and software allows us to explore new possibilities for audibly rendering our urban spaces.

Come join Sounds in the City for an interactive workshop where you can learn about a wide range of sound rendering technologies available and experiment first-hand by designing soundscapes from scratch. Through carefully crafted exercises, technology demos and moderated discussions, we will learn from each other about what the future of these technologies could hold for designing and shaping better sounding urban spaces.

The workshop is designed especially for urban designers, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, and anyone else working on public space projects or interested in the future of our cities. No sound expertise is required.

The venue and workshop are wheelchair accessible.

Note: we can provide a certificate of continuing education hours for the Ordre des architectes du Québec.

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CIRMMT, Wirth Music Building
527 Sherbrooke St. West, Room A832

Date: July 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


9:00-10:00 Welcome, introduction to soundscape
10:15-14:15 Rotation through 3 breakout activities related to technologies for sound planning
12:15-13:15 Lunch served (after 2nd breakout activity)
14:30-15:30 Soundscape design demonstrations, group activities
15:30-16:30 Panel discussions, closing group discussion, wrap-up and next steps


In order to encourage fruitful discussions and exchanges in smaller groups, we need to limit the number of participants in the workshop. We ask that you follow this link to register for the event:

Register here!

Please register before the 2nd of July to confirm your space.

** Please note that this workshop will be delivered in a mix of French and English.

** Veuillez noter que l’atelier se déroulera en français et en anglais.