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A preliminary investigation about the influence of soundscapes on people's behaviour in an open public space

Lepore, F; Kostara-Konstantinou, E; Aletta, F; Astolfi, A; Kang, J; (2016) A preliminary investigation about the influence of soundscapes on people's behaviour in an open public space. In: (Proceedings) 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering. (pp. pp. 5219-5224). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik (DEGA) Green open access

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Abstract

Relatively few studies have investigated the relationships between soundscape and human behaviours with the purpose of improving the management of public urban spaces. This research aims to provide more insights into this relation. For this purpose an experiment based on covert behavioural observations was performed in a typical open public space, mainly used as a connection between different buildings. Three musical excerpts (and silence) were reproduced cyclically to test whether music could affect people's duration of stay in the investigated area. Preliminary results show that the presence of music is associated with a longer duration of stay, compared to silence, and classical music was associated with the longest duration of stay, overall. Moreover the association between the activities' occurrence and the different music excerpts was investigated. The collected data indicate that, compared to the other music genres and silence condition, classical music is a loitering incentive, while both cirrus and classical excerpts encourage the presence of chatting and eating/drinking events. Such findings suggest that there is a potential to implement soundscape strategies in urban design and planning, showing how to intervene in the urban sound environments in order to promote healthy social behaviours.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: A preliminary investigation about the influence of soundscapes on people's behaviour in an open public space
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/10051113
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