The Application of the Soundscape Approach in the Evaluation of the Urban Public Spaces.
Acoustics ’08 location:Paris date:29 June - 4 July 2008
An important issues in the development of European cities is the design and renovation of the urban public areas. Typically, broad variety of approaches (sociological, ecological, environmental, physical etc) is needed and earlier studies show the necessity of the transversal multi-disciplinary approach in this issue. In order to study the acoustical dimension, the concept of soundscape needs to be proposed and elaborated. Soundscape approach differs from the classical statistical noise analysis in the evaluation of a context-related noise and in the extrapolation of environmental sounds in its complexity. Nowadays, even by using recently developed sophisticated acoustical and psycho-acoustical measurable and quantifiable parameters, it still remains difficult to grasp the complete meaning of a soundscape in words only or by numbers only. Our hypothesis is that the description of the city soundscape might be successfully done by combination of acoustical numbers and words.