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Urban sound planning - A soundscape approach

Kang, J; (2020) Urban sound planning - A soundscape approach. In: Proceedings of Acoustics 2019, Sound Decisions: Moving forward with Acoustics. (pp. pp. 1-6). The Australian Acoustical Society Green open access

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Abstract

In the field of environmental acoustics, the conventional approach, i.e. reduction of 'sound level', does not always deliver the required improvements in quality of life. Soundscape, by considering sound environment as perceived, in context, with an interdisciplinary approach, represents a step change. This paper explores a soundscape approach in the urban sound planning process. A framework is first proposed for designing soundscape in urban open public spaces, considering four key components: characteristics of each sound source, acoustic effects of the space, social/demographic aspect of the users, and other physical conditions. Consequently, the design potentials for the four key components, namely sounds, space, people and environment, are demonstrated. Designing/planning tools/models for soundscapes are then presented, including an auralisation software package for design modification and public participation, and an artificial neural network model for predicting acoustic comfort based on various design variables. Finally, the potentials and scope of soundscape approach are discussed, in terms of increasing safety, cultural preservation, and management of the various noise sources such as delivery sounds and traffic sounds.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Urban sound planning - A soundscape approach
Event: Acoustics 2019: Sound Decisions, Moving forward with Acoustics
ISBN-13: 978-0-909882-09-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.acoustics.asn.au/conference_proceeding...
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/10094492
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