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Descriptors and indicators for soundscape design: Vibrancy as an example

Aletta, F; Kang, J; (2016) Descriptors and indicators for soundscape design: Vibrancy as an example. In: (Proceedings) 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering. (pp. pp. 2908-2913). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik (DEGA) Green open access

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Abstract

In order to implement the soundscape approach into the urban environment management and design practice, there is a current need to develop operative tools; namely, soundscape descriptors and indicators. So far, a number of descriptors have been proposed in literature and many of them focused on describing calmness and tranquillity constructs. However, there might be other dimensions of soundscape appreciation, like vibrancy, that could be more relevant for different urban contexts. The first part of this paper reviews systematically descriptors and indicators for soundscape design, and the second part of the paper focuses on vibrancy, where starting from a group interview with researchers and practitioners, it explored what elements are likely to contribute to vibrancy perception in the urban realm. It emerged that both aural and visual cues are important to make an environment vibrant. From the aural point of view, vibrancy implies human sound sources, time variability and loudness; whilst the presence of people, colourfulness and the activities of the place are visually important factors for soundscape vibrancy perception. The paper finally discusses how to develop a predictive model for soundscape vibrancy, according to a set of aural and visual indicators related to the above mentioned factors.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Descriptors and indicators for soundscape design: Vibrancy as an example
Event: 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://pub.dega-akustik.de/IN2016/data/index.html
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10051112
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