What is the role of sound in the urban environment?
Obtaining a good acoustic quality in urban areas is a major environmental task within the European Union that goes far beyond noise control – a task that requires a comprehensive view on the future development of cities including their transport and industrial infrastructure.
The aim of Urban Sound Planning is to achieve the best possible solution when designing an acoustically favorable environment. To cope with the complexity of this task, consequent application of a transdisciplinary approach is needed: urban and traffic planning, architectural aspects, noise control, and soundscaping, as well as political and administrative processes, must be considered early in the planning stages. Also, the affected members of the public must be adequately involved in the planning.
The International Symposium on Urban Sound Planning for city representatives, planners, and all stakeholders involved in urban planning will present the tools developed within the EU-funded Sonorus project, a training network for young researchers on urban sound planning, to actively design livable cities, as well as their practical application to specific test cases provided by the project’s city partners Gothenburg, Antwerp, Brighton, and Rome. The symposium will be held in Munich 15 & 16 September 2016.