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Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
August 2009

Soundscapes: an urban planning process map

Adams, M & Davies, W J & Bruce, N S 2009, Soundscapes: an urban planning process map, in: 'Internoise 2009', Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Conference details: Internoise 2009, 23-26 August, Ottawa, Canada.

Abstract

The concept of soundscapes is an established theme in acoustics research, most notably in the areas of environmental noise, noise control and psychoacoustics.  However, many disciplines outside of traditional acoustics have recently  worked together to confront epistemological assumptions regarding the place of soundscapes in an urban planning context and to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of soundscapes in that realm. Through this interdisciplinary work The Positive Soundscapes Project has identified  a means whereby the concept of soundscapes might effectively be incorporated into planning.  By identifying the various locations in the planning process in the UK at which the concept of soundscapes might be incorporated a Process Map is developed that will help planners and other urban planning decision makers utilise the tools and methods of soundscape assessment, evaluation and simulation created within the Positive Soundscape Project.  This paper identifies where consideration of soundscapes can be considered within the current UK planning process, the way in which soundscape tools may be utilized to influence planning decisions, and how this can enhance the development of positive urban soundscapes. 

Authors

SEEK Members

External Authors

Neil S. Bruce

Publication Details

Conference Proceedings
Adams, M & Davies, W J & Bruce, eds. 2009, Internoise 2009, Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Conference Details
Internoise 2009, 23-26 August, Ottawa, Canada