Studio_L28: Sonic Perspectives on Urbanism (2018)

“Though sound is a central feature within urban life, it still receives little to no attention within processes of urban planning. The main difficulty in integrating sound is that it remains largely immeasurable — decibel levels say little about whether a sound is wanted or not, intrusive or welcome.The publication hooks into the debate here, experimenting with tools and strategies of observation, mapping, and planning. By mixing research practices from theoretical, professional, and artistic fields, the publication argues for an integration of sound in urban planning that is multifaceted, versatile, and keenly observed.” Eckhardt, J. (2018)

Published by Q-02. Graphic design by Bureau Adriaan Tas. This publication was made possible thanks to a project subsidy from the Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

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Urban Sound Design Process (2015)

The book by Caroline Claus can serve as an introduction to the topic of urban sound studies, presenting the current concepts and terminology used in the field of sound studies, as well as experimental techniques for studying and experiencing urban soundscapes. Learning these tools will be useful for artistic and scientific activities related to sound design. Caroline Claus encourages us to develop multi-layered strategies to model the sonic tissue of the city: from ephemeral artistic interventions, to spatial development plans. However, the publication has much more to offer than just dry facts presenting the methodology of Caroline Claus. The second part of the publication describes how these assumptions were implemented during workshops that took place in the summer of 2015 in Warsaw, during the artist’s residence in A-I-R Laboratory. A group of sound artists, architects and researchers, under the supervision of Claus, prepared a proposal of intervention into the soundscape around MDM in Warsaw. Thanks to the knowledge about the sonic context of Southern Śródmieście district gathered in the book, Urban Sound Design Process can serve as an alternative guidebook to this part of Warsaw.” Gillié, F. (2016)

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