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Exploring associations between soundscape assessment, perceived safety and well-being: A pilot field study in Granary Square, London

Aletta, F; Molinero, L; Astolfi, A; Di Blasio, S; Shtrepi, L; Oberman, T; Kang, J; (2019) Exploring associations between soundscape assessment, perceived safety and well-being: A pilot field study in Granary Square, London. In: Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics: integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019: 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany. (pp. pp. 7946-7953). International Congress on Acoustics: Berlin, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

The number of soundscape studies is growing steadily over time and the discipline as a whole is going through a process of methodological standardization. Yet, more empirical evidence is needed about the benefits of experiencing positive soundscapes for health, well-being and quality of life. In this study, a pilot questionnaire was distributed to 50 users of a public open space in London (Granary Square), which consisted of a standardized protocol for collecting soundscape data (ISO 12913-2:2018, Method A), the World Health Organisation-Five Well-Being questionnaire (WHO-5) and a short protocol to assess perceived safety. Results show that associations between negative soundscape dimensions and lower well-being scores exist at a statistically significant level (p <.05) and other further insights into the relationships between sound perception and perceived safety. By making a stronger case for policy makers and planners, these findings contribute to the discourse of approaching the management of the urban acoustic environments in a proactive rather than reactive way, to promote healthy and supportive urban spaces.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Exploring associations between soundscape assessment, perceived safety and well-being: A pilot field study in Granary Square, London
Event: 3rd International Congress on Acoustics
ISBN-13: 9783939296157
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.18154/RWTH-CONV-238876
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.18154/RWTH-CONV-238876
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 ICA. This is an Open Access article published under the terms of a Creative Commons license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode).
UCL classification: UCL
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/10119769
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