Antonella Radicchi

Antonella Radicchi

Architect and Urbanist, PhD

PUBLICATIONS

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PUBLICATION LIST (as of June 2022)

Articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals 

Edited special issues of peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Vida Manzano, J., Radicchi, A., Xiao, J., (expected 2023). Urban Design for Sustainable Urban Environment, special issue of the Sustainability journal.
  • Xiao, J., Aletta, F., Radicchi A. (eds). (2022). Smells, Well-being and the Built Environment, Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. ISSN 1664-8714 – ISBN 978-2-88976-160-9. DOI 10.3389/978-2-88976-160-9
  • Radicchi A., et al. (eds). (2021). Sound & the Healthy City, special issue of Cities & Health Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1-2, Routledge Publisher

Book(s)

  • Radicchi, A. (2012). Sull’immagine sonora della città. (On the Sonic Image of the City). Florence: Firenze University Press. ISBN: 978-88-6655-295-6, e-ISBN: 978-88-6655-278-9 (open access)

Referred chapters in edited books

  • Alberti, F. & Radicchi, A. (accepted for publication, 2022). “From the Neighborhood Unit to the 15-Minute City. Past and Recent Models for the Post-Covid Cities”, in Mohammed, H. (ed.) Urban and Transit Planning – Edition 3 – City Planning: Urbanization and Circular Development, Springer.
  • Radicchi, A. (2021), “Combined Sound and Light Walks. A novel, mixed method to assess the sonic and light urban environment at night”, in Piga, B. E. A., Siret, D., Thibaud, J-P. (eds) Experiential Walks for Urban Design. Revealing, Representing, and Activating the Sensory Environment. Springer International Publishing, pp. 77-91. ISBN: 978-3-030-76693-1
  • Radicchi, A. (2021). “Citizen science mobile apps for soundscape research and public space studies. Lessons learned from the Hush City project” in Skarlatidou, A., Haklay, M. (eds) Geographical Citizen Science Design: No One Left Behind, UCL Press. (open access)
  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “The notion of soundscape in the realm of sensuous urbanism. A historical perspective” in Wilson, A. (ed.) Sound Worlds from the Body to the City: Listen! Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publisher, pp. 99-125. ISBN: 978- 1527523883
  • Luna, S., Gold, M. (…), Radicchi, A., Schade, S., Sturm, U. (2018). “Developing mobile applications for environmental and biodiversity citizen science: considerations and recommendations”, in Joly, A., Vrochidis, S., Karatzas, K., Karppinen, A., Bonnet, P. (eds). Multimedia Technologies for Environmental & Biodiversity Informatics. Springer International Publishing, pp. 9-30. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76445-0_2
  • Radicchi, A. (2017). “A Pocket Guide to Soundwalking. Some introductory notes on its origin, established methods and four experimental variations”, in Besecke, A., Meier, J., Pätzold, R., Thomaier, S. (eds.) Perspectives on urban economics/ Stadtökonomie – Blickwinkel und Perspektiven. Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, pp. 70-73. ISBN: 978-3-7983-2919-5 (open access)
  • Mayr, A., Radicchi, A. (2013). “Time Walk”, in Henckel, D., Thomaier, S., Könecke, B., Zedda, R., Stabilini, S. (eds) Space Time Design of the Public City. Berlin: Springer Publishers, pp. 86-97.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6425-5_

Chapters in edited books

  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “Hush City. From crowdsourced data to open source planning of quieter and healthier cities”, in Besters, M., Marrades Sempere, R., Kahne, J. (eds) OUR CITY? Countering Exclusion in Public Space, Placemaking Europe Publications, pp. 367-370. ISBN: 978-90-830089-0-5
  • Beccaria, C., Guerrucci, E., Radicchi, A. (2012). “Le Architetture del Made in Italy”, in Zevi, L. (ed) Le quattro stagioni. Architetture del Made in Italy da Adriano Olivetti alla New Economy. Naples: Electa Publisher, pp. 88-89. ISBN: 978-8837093228
  • Radicchi, A., Rojas, F. (2009). “Soundscapes Oltrarno”, in Frenchman, D., Mitchell, W. (eds) Technology, Livability and the Historic City. Future of Firenze. MIT Press, pp. 80-85. ISBN 978-0-9794774-3-0

Articles in professional practice journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Radicchi, A. & Henckel, D. (2021). “Planning artificial light at night for pedestrian visualdiversity in public spaces”. Proceedings of the international conference Shaping light for health and wellbeing in cities, 16-17 December 2021. 27. Radicchi, A. & Henckel, D. (2021). “Planning artificial light at night for pedestrian visualdiversity in public spaces”. Proceedings of the international conference Shaping light for health and wellbeing in cities, 16-17 December 2021. ISBN 9788854970823 – DOI 10.6092/UNIBO/AMSACTA/6863
  • Alberti, F. & Radicchi, A. (2021). “From the Neighbourhood Unit to the 15-Minute City. Past and Recent Urban Models for the Post-Covid Future”. Proceedings of Science and Technology, International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development, Florence (IT), September 14-16 2021. ISSN (Print: 2537-0731, online: 2537-074X)
  • Radicchi, A. (2020). “Are POPS effective design and planning tools that can favour the creation of healthy, open spaces in contemporary cities? Notes from an empirical study in New York,” in Talia M. (ed), La città contemporanea: un gigante dai piedi d”argilla. Proceedings of the International Conference Urbanpromo XVI edizione Progetti per il Paese. Planum Publisher, Roma-Milano, pp. 340-346. ISBN 9788899237226 (open access)
  • Radicchi, A. (2020). “Passeggiate partecipate e tecnologia mobile citizen science. L’esperienza del processo partecipativo per la redazione del piano delle aree quiete di Berlino 2019-2023” (“Participatory walks and mobile citizen science technology. The experience of the participatory process for the Berlin Quiet Areas Plan 2019-2023”), Urbanistica Informazioni no. 289, Atti della XII Giornata internazionale di Studi INU/12° International INU Study Day “Benessere e/o salute? 90 anni di studi, politiche, piani / Welfare and/or Health? 90 Years of studies, policies and plans”, 18 December 2020 (written in Italian)
  • Hasegawa, Y., Lau, S-K., Radicchi, A. (2020). “Assessments of users’ living soundscapes in a tropical urban city exploring objective audio-visual components and subjective perceptions with the mobile application technology’. Proceedings of Internoise 2020 E-Congress, 23-26 August 2020, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “A soundscape study in New York. Reflections on the application of standardized methods to study everyday quiet areas.”, Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics 2019, 9-13 September 2019, Aachen (DE). ISBN: 978-3-939296-15-7 – ISSN: 2226-7808 and 2415-1599
  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “Is a Noisy City Sustainable?” in Beth, A. et al. (Eds.). Proceedings from EDRA 50: Sustainable urban environments. Brooklyn, NY: Environmental Design Research Association.
  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “Smart Citizens for Sound Cities”, INTER-NOISE and NOISE-CON Congress and Conference Proceedings, InterNoise19, 17-19 June 2019, Madrid, Spain, pages 2995-3992, pp. 3987-3992(6). ISSN 0736-2935
  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “Mobile applications for environmental noise and soundscape evaluation”, INTER-NOISE and NOISE-CON Congress and Conference Proceedings, InterNoise19, 17-19 June 2019, Madrid, Spain, pages 3993-4998, pp. 3993-4001(9). ISSN 0736-2935
  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “Untapping the potential of soundwalks as participatory methods for co-designing smart cities”, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 146 (4), 2873-2873, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5136971
  • Radicchi, A. (2019). “An experimental soundscape study, combining binaural recordings, in-situ questionnaires and behavioral mapping”, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145, p. 1753. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5101418
  • Radicchi, A. (2018). “Everyday quiet areas. What they mean and how they can be integrated in city planning processes”, INTER-NOISE and NOISE-CON Congress and Conference Proceedings, InterNoise19, 26-29 August 2018, Chicago (USA), pages 2984 – 3995, pp. 3727-3735(9). ISSN 0736-2935
  • Radicchi, A. (2018). “From crowdsourced data to open source planning. The implementation of the Hush City app in Berlin”, INTER-NOISE and NOISE-CON Congress and Conference Proceedings, InterNoise19, 26-29 August 2018, Chicago (USA), pages 2984 – 3995, pp. 3747-3754(8). ISSN 0736-2935
  • Radicchi, A. (2018). “The use of mobile applications in soundscape research: open questions in standardization”, Proceedings of EURONOISE 2018, 27-31 May 2018, Crete (G), pp. 2471-2478. ISSN: 2226-5147
  • Radicchi, A. & Henckel, D. (2018). “Combined Sound- & Lightwalks. A perception-based method to analyze and evaluate the sonic and light environment of our cities at night”, Proceedings of EURONOISE 2018, 27-31 May 2018, Crete (G), pp. 2405-2410. ISSN: 2226-5147
  • Radicchi, A. & Vida Manzano, J. (2018). “Soundscape evaluation of urban social spaces. A comparative study: Berlin-Granada”, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144 (3), p. 1660. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5067408
  • Radicchi, A. (2017). “The HUSH CITY app. A new mobile application to crowdsource and assess “everyday quiet areas” in cities”, Invisible Places. Sound, Urbanism and the Sense of Place, Proceedings of the International Conference Invisible Places, São Miguel, Azores, pp. 511-528. e-ISBN: 978-989-746- 129-3
  • Radicchi, A. (2017). “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes. A mixed methodology to analyse, evaluate and plan “everyday” quiet areas”, Proc. Mtgs. Acoust., 30, 040005. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1121/2.0000565
  • Radicchi, A. (2017). “Quietness as a commons: Integrating soundscape in urban planning for the environmentally just city”, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142 (4), p. 2671. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5014731
  • Radicchi, A. (2013). “Emotional Geography and Soundscape Studies. Beyond the cognitive approach in (sound)mapping urban spaces”, in Morello E., Piga B. (eds) Envisioning Architecture: Design, Evaluation, Communication, Proceedings of the XI International Congress EAEA11 European Architectural Envisioning Association. Milan: Nuova Cultura Publisher, pp. 267-272. ISBN: 978-8868121365
  • Radicchi, A. (2012). “The Sonic Niche. A new design tool to enhance and create atmospheres through sounds in the contemporary city”, in Thibaud, J-P., Siret, D. (eds) Ambiances in Action / Ambiances en acte(s), Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Ambiances. Montreal: Ambiances International Network / Ambiances Reseau International, pp. 253-258. ISBN: 978-2952094832
  • Briani, M. & Radicchi, A. (2010). “Paesaggi sonori e deriva urbana” (“Soundscapes and city drifts”), Territori di ricerca. Ricerche di Territorio, Proceedings of the VIII National Conference of the Interdoctorate Network in Urban Design and Territorial Planning, Vol. II, pp. 80-97, Alinea Publisher. ISBN: 978-8860554734

Technical and research reports (internally referred)

  • Radicchi, A. (2022). EU-Citizen.Science. The platform for sharing, initiating, and learning Citizen Science in Europe. Final Periodic Technical Report. Part B. Submitted to the European Commission Research Executive Agency.
  • Radicchi A., Fabó Cartas, C., Sanz, F., Camacho, P. (2021). Citizen Science for Policy Across Europe, MfN, Berlin, Germany. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5820364
  • Radicchi A. (2020). Berlin Hush City Master Plan, Technical Report of the research project Hush City Mobile Lab, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Submitted to the HEAD-Genuit Foundation.
  • Radicchi A. (2020). Final Research Report of the research project Hush City Mobile Lab, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Submitted to the HEAD-Genuit Foundation.
  • Radicchi A. (2019). The open source soundscapes approach to everyday quiet areas. Criteria and recommendations for the Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas (2018-2023), Technical University of Berlin. Technical Report submitted to the Municipality of Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
  • Radicchi A. (2018). Final Research Report of the research project Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Submitted to the EC &TU Berlin/Ipodi Program.

YEAR

2009 – Present

TALKS AND EVENTS

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PRESENTATIONs & TALKS (as of June 2022)

Invited presentations at national and international congresses and conferences

  • Future Cities Festival, 20-21 October 2021, Bristol (UK), online. Invited presentation: “How cities might sound in the future” (title to be confirmed).
  • Cluster Event about Institutional Changes, European Commission, 1 July 2021, online. Invited presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project”.
  • Conference “Soundscape in urban and building design”, University of Trento, 17 September 2021, Trento (IT). Invited presentation: “Hush City: open source planning of quiet areas in cities“ (“Hush City: pianificare dal basso aree di quiete urbane“).
  • UCL Cities Partnership Programme: “Light and Sound for Heritage sites”, London, UK, 21 June 2021, online. Talk: “Combined sound and light walk as a method for collective inquiry and knowledge production. Reflections about potentialities and challenges for future research” (with Dietrich Henckel).
  • Final Symposium 2020 COST-Action Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe, 3 September 2020, online. Invited presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project”.
  • Conference “Il respiro della città. Stili di vita e dinamiche di mobilità” (“The breath of the city. Lifestyles and mobility dynamics”, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 13 January 2020, Rome (IT). Invited presentation: “La pianificazione delle aree di quiete urbana come infrastrutture essenziali della città sana“ (“Planning urban quiet areas as essential infrastructures of healthy cities“).
  • International Congress 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 2-6 December 2019, San Diego (USA). Invited presentation: “Untapping the potential of soundwalks as participatory methods for co-designing smart cities“.
  • 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, 9-12 September 2019, Aachen (DE). Invited presentation: “A soundscape study in New York. Reflections on the application of standardized methods to study everyday quiet areas“.
  • International Congress Inter-noise 2019, 17-19 June 2019, Madrid (ES). Invited presentation: “Smart Citizens for Sound Cities“.
  • International Congress Inter-noise 2019, 17-19 June 2019, Madrid (ES). Invited presentation: “Mobile applications for environmental noise and soundscape evaluation”.
  • International Congress 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 13-17 May 2019, Kentucky (USA). Invited presentation: “An experimental soundscape study, combining binaural recordings, in-situ questionnaires and behavioral mapping“.
  • CONAMA, 2018 International Conference on the Environment, 26-29 November 2018, Madrid (ES). Invited presentation: “The open source soundscapes approach to everyday quiet areas. Criteria and recommendations for policy planning“.
  • International Congress 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 5-9 November 2018, Victoria (CA). Invited presentation: “Soundscape Evaluation of Urban Social Spaces. A Comparative Study: Berlin-Granada“.
  • International Festival Healing Places, 31 August-2 September 2018, Rotterdam (NL). Invited presentation: “Everyday quiet areas are vital to our health“.
  • International Congress Inter-noise 2018, 26-29 August2018, Chicago (USA). Invited presentation: “Everyday quiet areas. What they mean and how they can be integrated in city planning processes“.
  • International Congress Inter-noise 2018, 26-29 August 2018, Chicago (USA). Invited presentation: “From crowdsourced data to open source planning. The implementation of the Hush City app in Berlin“.
  • International Congress Global Health Conference, French Embassy, 29 June 2018, Berlin (DE). Invited presentation: “Considering health in urban planning“.
  • International Congress Euronoise 2018, 27-31 May 2018, Crete (EL). Invited presentation: “The use of mobile applications in soundscape research: open questions in standardization“.
  • International Congress 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 4-8 December 2017, New Orleans (USA). Invited presentation: “Quietness as a commons: Integrating soundscape in urban planning for the environmentally just city“.
  • International Congress Placemaking week, 12 October 2017, Amsterdam (NL). Invited presentation: “The soundscape approach to placemaking“.
  • Smart Mobility Summit, 3-4 May 2017, Lisbon (PT). Invited presentation: “Quietness, Smart Mobility and the Future City”.
  • International Congress 2015 UNESCO Historic Cities Heritage of Peace Program, 4-5 April 2015 Istanbul (TR). Invited presentation: “Firenze Sound Map. An Emotional Journey through Florentine Soundscapes“.

 Presentations at national and international congresses and conferences

  • International Conference EURA 2022 European Urban Research Association, June 16-18 2022, Milan, Italy. Presentation: “Benefits and limits of leveraging citizen science mobile applications in urban planning”.
  • International Conference Shaping Light for Health and Wellbeing in Cities, December 16-17 2021, online. Presentation: “Planning artificial light at night for pedestrian visualdiversity in public spaces” (with Dietrich Henckel).
  • International conference The future of citizen science: sharing experiences from the European community, November 24-25 2021, online. Presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project” (with Silke Voigt-Heucke).
  • Italian Citizen Science Conference, November 11 2021, online. Presentations: “Hush City. Mappatura, analisi e pianificazione di aree di quiete” and “EU-Citizen.Science. La piattaforma europea di citizen science”.
  • International Conference Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development, September 14-16 2021, online. Presentation: “From the Neighbourhood Unit to the 15-Minute City. Past and Recent Urban Models for the Post-Covid Future” (with Francesco Alberti).
  • International Congress Uncommon Senses III: Back to the Future of the Senses, May 6-9, 2021, Montreal (CA), online. Presentation: “Recent advancements in the smellscape research in the built environment” (with Jieling Xiao).
  • International Conference in Citizen Science CisSci Helvetia 2021, 14-15 January 2021, online. Presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project”.
  • XII Giornata internazionale di Studi INU/12° International INU Study Day “Benessere e/o salute? 90 anni di studi, politiche, piani / Welfare and/or Health? 90 Years of studies, policies and plans”, 18 December 2020 [via Zoom]. Presentation: “Passeggiate partecipate e tecnologia mobile citizen science. L’esperienza del processo partecipativo per la redazione del piano delle aree quiete di Berlino 2019-2023” (“Participatory Walks and citizen science mobile technology. The experience of the participatory campaign for the Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas2019-2023”).
  • International Congress Environmental Design Association Conference (EDRA50), 22-26 May 2019, New York City (USA).Presentation: “Is a noisy city sustainable?“.
  • International Congress AESOP 2018, 11-15 July 2018, Gothenburg (SE). Presentation: “Open source planning of urban quiet areas“.
  • International Congress Acoustics ‘17: 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 8th Forum Acusticum, 26-29 June 2017, Boston (USA). Presentation: “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes. A mixed methodology to analyse and plan small, quiet areas, applying the soundscape approach, the citizen science paradigm and open source technology“.
  • 32nd Italian Congress of Geography, 7-10 June 2017, Rome (IT). Presentation: “Lightscapes and Soundscapes of the Urban Night. Berlin/Florence“.
  • International Conference on Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place, 7-9 April 2017, São Miguel Island, Azores, (PT). Presentation: “The HUSH City app. A new mobile application to crowdsource and assess “everyday quiet areas” in cities“, Invisible Places.
  • The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society, 8-9 November 2016 Berlin, (DE). Presentation: “Breaking the Walls of Noise Pollution“, Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year 2016.
  • XI Conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association, 25-28 September 2013, Milan (IT). Presentation: “Emotional Geography & Soundscape Studies. Beyond the cognitive approach in (sound)mapping urban spaces”.
  • II International Congress on Ambiances, 19-22 September 2012, Montreal (CA). Presentation: “The Sonic Niche. A new design tool to enhance and create atmospheres through sounds in the contemporary city“.

Invited lectures within PhD Programs:

• University of Firenze, Florence, Italy, 29 November 2016. Lecture: “Sense-Scapes: Natural Darkness and Quietness for the Sustainable City“ (with Dietrich Henckel).

Invited lectures about my research project Hush City, a participatory framework for mapping and planning quiet areas in cities:

• The Bartlett, University College London, UK, 8 March 2022 (via Zoom).

• The Bartlett, University College London, 9 March 2021 (via Zoom).
• Trinity College Dublin, 10 February 2021 (via Zoom).
• School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA, 18 September 2020.
• Humboldt University Winter School 2020, 21 January 2020.
• TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 16 January 2019.
• LaSalle University, Barcelona, Spain, 27 September 2019.
• University of Firenze, Florence, Italy, 24 September 2019.
• Polytechnic of Milano Milan, Italy, 20 September 2019.
• New York University, New York, USA, 24 April 2019.
• New York University, New York, USA, 21 February 2019.
• University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, 7 November 2018.
• School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA, 30 August 2018.
• University Hospital Charitè, Berlin, Germany, 25 June 2018.

Invited lectures about my research work on mobile apps, soundscapes, sense-scapes, and time walks:

•  Concordia University, 22 April 2022, online. Lecture: “Soundwalking as an Architect-Urbanist / Notes from the field”.
• Birmingham City University, 27 September 2021, online. Lecture: “Who plans whose sustainability. The changing role of planners in the 21st century in the UK”.
• TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 1 July 2019. Lecture: “Mobile apps for environmental noise and soundscape evaluation“.
• HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany, 12 January 2018. Lecture: “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes“.
• TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 17 May 2017. Lecture: “Cities, Noise and Quietness“.
• University of Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 21 March 2016. Lecture: “Paesaggi sonori: teorie e strumenti di pianificazione qualitativa dell’ambiente sonoro“.
• University of RomeTre, Rome, Italy, 21 November 2014. Workshop: “Come suona Piazza Vittorio? Analisi e mappatura di paesaggi sonori nel quartiere Monti“.
• University of RomaTre, Rome, Italy, 1 Seminar “Formulas”, 5 April 2014. Lecture: “Sull’immagine sonora della città. La sfida della rappresentazione del paesaggio sonoro urbano tra nuove e vecchie tecnologie“.
• University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, 19 April 2013. Workshop: “Il suono della città“ (The Sound of the City”).
• New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 29 November 2012. Lecture: “On the Sonic Image of the City. Soundscape mapping and design in contemporary cities“.
• Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute, Florence, Italy, 15 November 2014. Workshop “Domestic Soundscapes. A Sonic Guide to San Lorenzo Central Market in Firenze“.
• Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute, Florence, Italy, 6 November 2014 and 2 October 2014. “Mapping Open Soundscapes. Workshop on soundscape studies, open data and civic urbanism“.
• TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 16 September 2011. Workshop: “Time Walk“(with Albert Mayr).

Invited talks and webinars in the educational, public and consultancy sectors

• HEIDI Project“Citizen Science For All Talks” series, 26 April 2022, online. Presentation: “Citizen science for contextualized quiet areas policies”.
• EPAnet Interest Group on Citizen Science, 9 November 2021, online. Presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project”.
• DZNE-Rostock, 4 October 2021, online. Presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project”.
• European Commission Research Executive Agency Cluster Event about Institutional Changes, 1 July 2021, online. Presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project”.
• UCL Book Launch: “Geographic Citizen Science Design: No One Left Behind”, London, UK, 23 March 2021, online. Talk: “Lessons from the Hush City project”.
• European Commission Research Executive Agency Citizen Science SwafS Workshop, 21 January 2021, online. Presentation: “The EU-Citizen.Science project”.
• City Council of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, 12 October 2020. Webinar “Seeking for Quietness?”. Talk: “Hush City. Participatory mapping and planning of quiet areas in cities”.
• ARUP, New York, USA, 17 April 2019. Talk: “Hush City: a citizen-driven framework for planning healthier cities“.
• ARUP, Berlin, Germany, 18 October 2018. Talk: “The Hush City project“.
• Museum of Natural History, Florence, Italy, 16 March 22011. Series “Antropologi per un giorno”(“Anthropogists for one day”). Talk: “I suoni della città“(“The Sounds of the City”).

EVENT CONCEPTION AND ORGANISATION (as of June 2022)

Public events and conferences

• Lead of the organizational team of the conference “The future of citizen science: sharing experiences from the European community”, 24-25 November 2021, online.
• Lead of the organizational team of the High-Level Policy Event “Citizen Science for Policy Across Europe”, a satellite event of the European Research & Innovation Days, 22 June 2021, online.
• Lead of the organizational team of the public event “What’s new in citizen science training: from open science to public engagement”, 27 October 2021, online.
• Member of the organizational team of the international Ecsite Workrooms “Citizen Science Clinic: How to achieve impact with your citizen science projects”, 21, 26 June and 6 July 2021, online.
• Lead of the organizational team of the public event “Noise, Quietness, and the Healthy City”, 24 April 2019, New York University, New York, (USA).
• Member of the Technical Committee of the International Conference “Paesaggi sonori / Soundscapes”, 26-27 April 2018 Pistoia (IT).

Sessions and panels at international conferences

• Co-chair of the panel “Digital Tools”, International Conference EURA 2022 European Urban Research Association, June 16-18 2022, Milan, Italy (with Silvia Gullino and Cristina Cerulli).
• Co-chair of the panel “Integrating soundscape in healthy urban design and planning: perspectives for sustainable futures”, Healthy City Design 2021 Conference, 10-14 October 2021, online (with Marcus Grant).
• Co-chair of the session “City Planning: Urbanization and Development”, International Conference Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development, September 14-16 2021, online (with Massimo Carta).
• Co-chair of the session “Soundscape Projects: Networking, Participation, and New Technology”, 180th ASA Conference, 8-10 June 2021, online (with Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp).
• Co-chair of the session “Trends on the use of technology in soundscape analysis, design and planning”, 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, 9-13 September 2019, Aachen (DE) (with Andy Chung).
• Co-chair of the session “Artificial Intelligence, Apps, Social Media and Virtual Reality as Soundscape Evaluation Tools”, International Congress Inter-noise 2019, 17-19 June 2019, Madrid, (ES) (with Andy Chung).
• Co-chair of the session “Apps, Social Media and Virtual Reality as Soundscape Evaluation Tools”, International Congress Inter-noise 2018, 26-29 August 2018 Chicago (USA) (with Andy Chung).
• Chair of the session “Research on Soundscape”, XXII International Conference on Sound & Vibration, 12-16 July 2015, Florence (IT).
• Co-chair of the session “Vegetal Architecture”, II International Congress on Ambiances, 19-22 September 2012, Montreal (CA) (with Pascal Joanne)

Exhibitions

• Scientific consultant on the cultural and natural heritage of the Tuscany Region and curator of the interactive Toscana Sound Map exhibited in the Tuscany Pavilion at the EXPO 2015, Milan (IT).
• Scientific consultant and member of the curatorial team of the exhibition Le Quattro Stagioni. Le Architetture del Made in Italy (The Four Seasons. The Made in Italy Architectures) displayed at the Italian Pavilion,13th Architecture Biennial of Venice, Venice (IT).

Public soundwalks and lightwalks with different stakeholders

• Trento, Italy, 17 September 2021, digital soundwalk at the conference “Soundscape in urban and building design“, University of Trento.
• Limerick, Ireland, 3 June 2020, Series of soundwalks at the Green Leaf Week, in collaboration with Limerick City Council. Postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
• Berlin, Germany, 28 November 2019. Combined sound- & lightwalk in the neighbourhood Friedrichshain at the “Stadt Nach Acht 2019 – International Nightlife“ Conference (with D. Henckel).
• Global Program of Hush City Soundwalks for the celebration of the Sunday Walk Sunday 2019.
• Barcelona, Spain, 27 September 2019, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Poblenou, in collaboration with University LaSalle Barcelona.
• Florence, Italy, 24 September 2019, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Rovezzano, in collaboration with the University of Firenze.
• Milan, Italy, 20 September 2019, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Morivione, in collaboration with the LabSimUrb, Polytechnic of Milan.
• Berlin, Germany, 18 September 2019, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Mitte – Pankstrasse area.
• Berlin, Germany, 8 July 2019, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Charlottenburg with the students of the TU Berlin.
• New York, USA, 24 April 2019 soundwalk in the neighbourhood West Village, organized within the context of the New York University Workshop “Noise Quietness and the Healthy City” for the International Noise Awareness Day 2019 at New York University.
• New York, USA, 8 April 2019, soundwalk in the neighbourhood West Village, with the students of the New York University (with A. Bronzaft and T. H. Park).
• Madrid, Spain, 27 November 2018, soundwalk in the historical centre of Madrid within the context of the CONAMA Conference on the Environment.
• Rome, 18 October 2018, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Testaccio, organized with the Association Testaccio in Piazza.
• Berlin, Germany, 11 September 2018, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Pankstrasse, Mitte, organized with the Berlin Municipality within the participatory campaign for the Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas (2018-2023).
• Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2 September 2018, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Delfthafen within the context of the “The Anxious City“ Festival.
• Berlin, Germany, 18 July 2018, two Soundwalks in the neighbourhood Reuterkiez, organized for the World Listening Day 2018.
• Berlin, Germany, 16 May 2018, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Altstadt Köpenick, organized with the Berlin Municipality within the participatory campaign for the Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas (2018-2023).
• Pistoia, Italy, 26-27 April 2018, two Soundwalks in the historical centre of Pistoia organized within the context of the international conference “Paesaggi sonori/Urban Soundscapes“.
• Berlin, Germany, 17 April 2018, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Reuterkiez with the students of the Rütlischule, organized for the International Noise Awareness Day 2018.
• Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2018. Berlin, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Reuterkiez, with the students of the University of Pennsylvania, Berlin field trip,
• Hamburg, Germany, 12 January 2018, soundwalk in the neighbourhood HafenCity, with the students of the HafenCity University.
• Berlin, Germany, 1 September 2017, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Reuterkiez, Berlin with the students of the University of Edinburgh, Berlin ethno-field trip.
• Rome, Italy, 7 June 2017. Combined sound- & lightwalk in the neighbourhood Celio, Rome, at the 32nd Italian Congress of Geography (with D. Henckel).
• Berlin, Germany, 24 April 2017, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Reuterkiez with the students of the Rütlischule, organized for the International Noise Awareness Day 2017.
• Florence, Italy, 29 November 2016. Combined sound- & lightwalk in the neighbourhood Santa Croce with the students of the TU Berlin (with D. Henckel).
• Berlin, Germany, 3 November 2016. Combined sound, & lightwalk in the neighbourhood Kreuzberg with the students of the TU Berlin (with D. Henckel).
• Florence, Italy, 16 July 2015, two soundwalks in the neighbourhood Oltrarno and San Lorenzo, Florence, at the XXII International Conference on Sound & Vibration.
• Florence, Italy, 9 May 2015, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Isolotto, Florence at the Tempo Reale Festival.
• Rome, Italy, 21 November 2014, soundwalk in the neighbourhood Esquilino, organized with the University of RomaTre.

YEAR

2011 – Present

PRESS COVERAGE

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HIGHLIGHTS

It’s not just the air we’re polluting…
World Economic Forum | October 29 2019

PRESS & MEDIA COVERAGE

Making noise: culture and the city soundscape
BAS Consultancy Ltd | 22 June 2022

Citizen science e aree quiete
Ambiente e non solo… | 17 March 2022

A Researcher Wants Help Recording Quiet Spots in the City
Dublin InQuirer | 9 March 2022

The Planning Apps Hall of Fame
Planetizen | 28 February 2022

Inquinamento acustico: così l’Italia lotta contro il rumore
Upday | 29 December 2021

12 Welcoming Places To Find Quiet While Traveling
Travel Awaits | 21 November 2021

How Will Cities Sound In The Future?
Medium Professor Peter Madden | 18 June 2021

Places of quiet life in Limerick
Limerick City & City Council | 12 May 2021

A quiet revolution: recapturing the best of the lockdown hush
Positive.News | 28 April 2021

Bitte Ruhe! Stille in der Stadt
Territory_Core | February 2021

Escape from the city noise: Limerick’s Hush City approach
URBACT | November 17 2020

Hush City Mobile Lab permet als ciutadans empoderar-se per identificar àrees tranquil·les a les ciutats, i millorar la seva qualitat de vida”
Sostenibile | November 16 2020

The Soundtrack to Our Cities
NewCities | November 2 2020

The Pandemic Kick-Started an Urban Motorcycle Boom. Are Cities Ready?
CityLab | October 22 2020

Silêncio é o novo luxo: aplicativo reúne lugares tranquilos nas cidades
msn | October 21 2020

Hush City Soundwalk a Sant Cugat
acusti.cat | October 16 2020

Die quälende Kakophonie des Alltags
Deutschlandfunk | August 29 2020

The invisible threat of noise pollution: how do we protect quiet?
Euronews | August 19 2020

Lärm: Wer belästigt hier wen?
Podcast Planet A | July 21 2020

Will the world be quieter after the pandemic?
BBC article | June 17 2020

Smart phone app to find ‘quiet places’ in Limerick
Limerick Leader | June 16 2020

Using Hush City to identify quiet and tranquil areas in Limerick
I Love Limerick  | June 16 2020

Con la fine della quarantena è tornato il rumore, ed è un problema
WIRED Italia | May 26 2020

The world is getting noisier, and it’s affecting our health. How much will people pay for silence?
The Globe and Mail | January 2020

Why Everything Is Getting Louder
The Atlantic | November 2019

Ssssh: As cities surge, some seek a new aim – peace and quiet
This is Place | October 18 2019

Urban humans: Cities go up, down and high-tech to combat rising threats
Thomson Reuters Foundation | October 16 2019

Scoprire la Firenze silenziosa attraverso la app Hush City
Cittadini di Twitter | October 12 2019

Live interview with Antonella Radicchi on Hush City
LadyRadio | October 8 2019

Hush City, un’app per scovare i luoghi più silenziosi e rilassanti di Firenze
Controradio | October 7 2019

Una app per itinerari cittadini dove il silenzio è d’oro
La Repubblica | October 7 2019

Scarica la app e il rumore sparisce
La Nazione | October 7 2019

HUSH CITY SOUNDWALK BARCELONA
LaSalle | October 3 2019

Aplicativo mapeia os melhores lugares para relaxar na cidade
Casa Vogue | September 27 2019

Stille Orte in der Stadt bewerten
Deutschlandfunk | September 22 2019

Noise vs. Sound
Citylab Navigator | June 28 2019

My Quixotic Quest for Quiet in New York City
Citylab | June 21 2019

For children in the city, how loud is too loud?
WHYY | June 18 2019

Die Stadt im Ohr
Berlin to go | June 2019

Loud sounds and noise. A concern for urban planners
VITAE Journal of the Columbia Graduate School of Design | May 2019

Wie aus Bürgern Wissenschaftler werden
Der Spiegel | March 11 2019

Why noise pollution is so harmful?
Deutsch Welle TV program | February 11 2019
(An excerpt of the TV program on Twitter)

Increase your sonic awareness with soundwalks
Soundproofist | November 7 2018

Learn how your contributions can help civic planning. A conversation with the creator of the Hush City app
Soundproofist | October 29 2018

What about the right to live in a quiet community?
Times Colonist | October 28 2018

Eine App gegen den Lärm (TV program featuring the Hush City project)
rbb Abendschau | August 24 2018

Intervista con Antonella Radicchi (Radio program featuring the Hush City project)
COSMO Radio Colonia | August 18 2018

Auf der Suche nach stillen Orten in der Großstadt
Deutschlandfunk radio | July 11 2018

TV program reporting on the Hush City project (live in Berlin!)
rbb Abendschau | August 24 2018

Intervista con Antonella Radicchi
COSMO Radio Colonia | August 18 2018

Soundwalk öffnet die Ohren für angenehme und belästigende Geräusche im Neuköllner Reuterkiez
FACETTEN-MAGAZIN NEUKÖLLN | July 20 2018

Urbane Gesundheit als Herausforderung
Schattenblick | July 11 2018

Hush City App 
NoVOID Podcast Series | April 30 2018

These scientists think peace and quiet should be a human right
Popular science | March 8 2018

Wo findet man am 23.12. Stille/Ruhe in Berlin?
Kulturradio rbb | December 23 2017

Ruhe, große Stadt
Süddeutsche Zeitung | December 22 2017

Want to explore outside noise levels as well? Check out Hush City!
SoundPrint | December 21 2017

Hush City, enables you to locate and evaluate “everyday quiet areas” in your neighborhood
Dingdingsound | December 18 2017

Die große Sehnsucht nach Stille
FOCUS | November 2017
Click here to download the dossier

La quiete in città
Radio Colonia | October 27 2017

Eine App für ruhige Orte
Deutsche to go | September 5 2017

App-Empfehlung: Hush City, zeichne deine Landkarte der Ruhe
Techtag | August 21 2017

Un’italiana ha creato una app per scoprire i luoghi più tranquilli di Berlino
Berlino cacioepepe | August 18 2017

Unsere Stadt soll ruhiger werden
Rbb24 | August 16 2017

Lärmbelästigung: wo gibt es in Dortmund noch ruhige Orte?
Dortmund24 | August 10 2017

Ruhige Orte in der Stadt finden
Deutschlandfunk Kultur | August 7 2017

Für ein bisschen mehr Entspannung im Großstadttrubel
Quiez | August 2 2017

Die Landkarte der ruhigen Orte
MDR Wissen | July 31 2017

Auf dieser Karte findet ihr die ruhigsten Orte in Berlin
Mitvergnuegen Berlin | 28 July 2017

Die “Hush City”-App: Wo im Kiez sind ruhige Orte?
Kulturradio RBB | July 27 2017

Berlins stille Örtchen
Berliner Kourier | July 27 2017

Kurz mal Ruhe, bitte!
Berliner Zeitung | July 27 2017

Such die Ruhe
Deutschlandfunknova | July 24 2017

Jenseits vom Lärm
TU Berlin Newsportal | July 23 2017

Jenseits vom Lärm
TU Intern Magazine no. 7-9 | July-September 2017

Ruido affects 125 Milohes na Europa
Journal de Notìcias  | May 7 2017

 

YEAR

2016 – ON

Places of quiet life in Limerick

To celebrate International Noise Awareness Day 2021 which took place on 28th April, Limerick City and County Council invited its residents to map and assess quiet areas in the city by using the free citizen science app Hush City. Limerick City is planning to use citizen-generated data related to the crowdsourced quiet areas to be given consideration in the Limerick Noise Action Plan 2023-2028

We would like to acknowledge the participation of the Limerick residents in this call and present three of the quiet places mapped in Limerick with the Hush City App.

Castletroy Park

A quiet area was mapped in Castletroy Park. The Hush City app’s user reported that they were prompted to map this quiet place by “pleasure”. They have found this place fairly quiet and indicated “swishing of the trees in the wind” as one of the sounds that contributed in a positive way to the sense of quietness.
Other sounds perceived in the location were human and natural sounds and human movements. Background traffic noise coming from a street lining the park was reported as disturbing the sense of quietness. The user reported that in this quiet area people were engaged in activities like walking, relaxing, waiting, talking.

This quiet area is Area #4524 in the Hush City Map. You can listen to the sound recorded in this area and read the comments shared by the user by linking to the Hush City Map here.

George’s Quay

A second quiet area was spotted and mapped in the proximity of the Abbey River along George’s Quay in Limerick City.
The Hush City app’s user reported that they were prompted to map the location by sense of “comfort”. This place was perceived as “slightly quiet” and “lively”, and the “water flow of Abbey River” was indicated as one of the sounds that contributed in a positive way to the user’s sense of quietness.
Sounds coming from a construction site was reported as disturbing the sense of quietness of the place. The user also reported that in this location people were walking, relaxing, and talking.

This quiet area is Area #4532 in the Hush City Map. You can listen to the sound recorded in this area and read the comments shared by the user by linking to the Hush City Map here.

Bishop’s Quay

A third quiet area was crowdsourced along the beautiful River Shannon at Bishop’s Quay in the City.
The Hush City app’s user reported that they were prompted to map the location by a sense of “distraction”. This place was perceived as “fairly quiet” and “relaxing”, with sounds of human voices contributing in a positive way to the sense of quietness. Sounds from the water flowing from the Shannon River were indicated as distinctive of the identity of the place.

This quiet area is Area #4528 in the Hush City Map: you can listen to the sound recorded in this area and read the comments shared by the user by linking to the Hush City Map here.

Would you like to participate and help Limerick City identify its quiet areas and work towards a plan to protect them?

Download the free Hush City Map and see what you can do with it here on this helpful video!

Text courtesy of Antonella Radicchi and Simon Jennings.

All the datasets associated to the quiet areas crowdsourced with the free Hush City App are available online in the open access Hush City Map.
This blog post is also published on the Limerick Council’s website here.

2020 in retrospective

2020 has been an unparalleled year, plenty with grief, desperation, isolation due to the worldwide outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that it is coming at an end, we believe that it is important to look at it in retrospective and acknowledge the positive things that happened, despite the unprecedented challenges.
In so doing, we would like to acknowledge the beauty of life and thank all of the friends, colleagues, Hush City Ambassadors and users, who supported us along the way, and contributed to make these achievements possible.

Happy, quiet reading!


Hush City for Limerick

Limerick was awarded the title of European Green Leaf City 2020 in recognition of the city’s commitment to better environmental outcomes, and, in January the Municipality of Limerick officially launched the adoption of Hush City app for involving citizens in the creation of the new Limerick Plan of Quiet Areas. However, soundwalks and public events, which were planned to occur in Spring/Summer 2020, were to be canceled due to the pandemic. As a replacement of these activities, on October, 12th 2020, Antonella was invited to present the webinar “Looking for a Quiet Life?” along with Dr Simon Jennings from Limerick City and County Council. The aim of the webinar was twofold:

  • explore the importance of having access to tranquil spaces for your physical and mental well being;
  • invite people, particularly in Limerick, to become citizen scientists and use the Hush City App to tell us about quiet places where they find a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Watch the recording here.

Sustainability and Urban Renewal
In the Summer Semester, Antonella designed and led the seminar “Sustainability and Urban Renewal”, within the context of the Study Program, offered by TU Berlin Institute of Urban and Regional Planning. The aim of this seminar was to critically reflect on the current debate on Sustainable Cities, by looking at the interface of policy-practice, so to assess how sustainability policies have been implemented through urban renewal projects. Berlin was taken as a case study city and the UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 3 Good Health and Well-Being and no. 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities as a reference. The seminar’s content was organized around four themes i.e. urban noise and quiet areas; nature and the city; artificial light and the urban night; and walkable cities. The seminar ran on a combination of online group lessons and individual fieldwork activities. The students were encouraged to use the neighbourhoods where they live as case studies for the development of the individual fieldwork exercises. This activity was particularly appreciated by the students and helped them with dealing with the constraints caused by the lockdown.
Syllabus and evaluations are available here.

Smells, Well-Being and the Build Environment
Since June, Drs. Jieling Xiao, Francesco Aletta and Antonella have been curating the Research Topic “Smells, Well-being, and the Built Environment” for the Journal Frontiers in Psychology. The aim of the Research Topic is to collect a body of work to understand the emotional and wellbeing responses resulted from smells in different public spaces to inform future spatial design and management.
Call for papers is open and available here. Manuscript submission is due by April 30 2021.

Is Berlin a Swim City? Reflections on a walk along the Spree River in Berlin
In July, the article “Berlino Swim City? Riflessioni in cammino lungo la Sprea a Berlino” (“Is Berlin a Swim City? Reflections on a walk along the Spree River in Berlin”) written by Antonella was published in EcoWebTown. Journal of Sustainable Design. The article addresses the contemporary disciplinary debate on the creation of river baths and the restoration of bathing activities as a means of regaining rivers and improving the quality of urban life, by looking at the treatment of the Spree River in Berlin, through the description of three projects: the Spreeweg, the Flussbad Berlin and the Spree2011/WITE.
An English version of the abstract is available here. The article in Italian is open access here.

EU-Citizen.Science
In August, in parallel to her appointment at TU Berlin, Antonella started a new appointment at Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, as a research associate and scientific project manager of the EU-Citizen.Science project. The EU-Citizen.Science project is an Horizon2020-funded project, which consists in “an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools, training and resources for citizen science”. “The vision for the platform is to aid in the mainstreaming of citizen science, and build on the growing impact of citizens participating in research across the full range of scientific enquiry, by supporting the sharing of knowledge, know-how, and experience between anyone doing or wanting to do citizen science”.
Watch the project teaser here. Explore the platform here.

Sound and the Healthy City
in October, the Leading Editorial of the special issue “Sound and the Healthy City” was published online. The text is written by Antonella along with the editorial team of the special issue. The paper serves as an introduction to soundscape and health from several distinct disciplinary positions and lays a good intellectual foundation for the twenty-two papers published (online) in this special issue. We hope that through a soundscape approach we can encourage fresh thinking about urban sound, including how people perceive and relate to their sonic environments, and show how sound can contribute to health. We believe that this approach can provide a collaborative platform for sound artists, sound technologists, urbanists and local people to work together with public health and create healthier urban environments.
The Leading Editorial is open access here. Publication of the special issue was delayed and it is forthcoming in 2021.

Hush City Soundwalks
In Autumn, despite the lockdown, Hush City Soundwalks continued to take place thanks to the commitment of Hush City Ambassador and colleague Prof. Rosa Maria Alsina.
Rosa and her team led two Hush City Soundwalks for Acusti.cat 2020 in Sant Cugat and for the Science Week in the Superblock of Sant Antoni in Barcelona.
What the teaser of the Hush City Soundwalk in Sant Cugat here.

Is Berlin a Walkable City?
For the Winter Semester, Antonella designed and has been leading the Auftragsprojekt “Is Berlin a Walkable City?”, within the context of the Study Program, offered by TU Berlin Institute of Urban and Regional Planning. In Berlin, such as in Paris, Barcelona, Oslo, Vienna and other European cities, soft mobility is gaining momentum. Specifically, the Municipality of Berlin has taken action to create pedestrian-friendly environments by implementing a planning strategy grounded on 4 Pillars. Against this backdrop, the aim of this project-studio is to address the research question “Is Berlin a Walkable City?”, by means of analyses of case studies proposed by the Municipality of Berlin, who act as Project Partner. For the investigation, the students were invited to select the case studies they would like to investigate among the options proposed, and identify the research methods. They organised themselves in small working groups, and are expected to manage the workflow and elucidate the results of their study work in the final outputs of the project, with the support of the instructor.
Syllabus is available here.

Hush City video at the 3rd CEDD
In December, Hush City was shortlisted and showcased at the 3rd Annual Citizen Engagement and Deliberative Democracy Festival organised online by the European Commission, Joint Research Center, 6-12 December 2020. Video making is courtesy of Limerick City & County Council, Environmental Protection Agency (2020).
Watch the video here.

Press Coverage 2020
Journalists continued showing interest in Hush City throughout 2020. We are grateful to them for the amazing articles they wrote e.g. for WIRED; BBC Future, NewCities, CityLab, and for their support in disseminating Hush City.
Press coverage can be accessed here.

Last but not least, we would like to thank you, the reader, for your attention. We are planning changes in communication and social media management and we do hope you will enjoy them.

Meanwhile, very best wishes for a brighter and healthier 2021!

See you next year,
The Hush City Team

IS BERLIN A WALKABLE CITY?

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Figure above: Cityscape of Berlin. Image source: Wikimedia Commons, Ph.  Thomas Wolf  CC License.

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Project studio: B5 Bachelor Auftragsprojekt “Is Berlin a Walkable City?”
TU Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning | Winter Semester 2020/2021 & 2021/2022 | online / onsite course (4h/w)
Instructor: Dr. Arch. Antonella Radicchi

In the XX century, high-speed transport and the quest for efficiency degraded the walkable city. Hazardous high-speed traffic broke up the fine-grained pedestrian network and imposed barriers to free movement on foot. In forgoing the pedestrian experience, the street lost its intimate scale and transparency and became a mere service road, devoid of public life. In the 1960s and 1970s, people started reclaiming the streets, demanding more public space, as was the emblematic case in the Village, NYC. More recently, in the past few decades, the knowledge of the social, environmental, economic and political benefits associated with walking has motivated European policy-makers and municipal planners to employ sustainable policies and design interventions for creating pedestrian-friendly environments. Such efforts have ranged from complete pedestrianisation and permanently or temporarily closure of streets to traffic to encouraging a symbiotic relationship of multiple transportation modes. In Berlin, such as in Paris, Barcelona, Milan and other European cities, soft and pedestrian mobility is gaining momentum. Specifically, the Municipality of Berlin has taken action to create pedestrian-friendly environments by implementing a planning strategy grounded on four pillars:

1. The Mobility Act, with a new branch focusing on pedestrian mobility;
2. The development of “pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods”;
3. The creation of safe crossing;
4. The improvement of accessibility for pedestrians.

Against this backdrop, these research-informed project studio courses aim to investigate whether and to which extent this planning strategy is progressing towards the goal of making Berlin a walkable city, by working on the following case studies:

  • Assessment and redesign of the area Uhlandstr./Mecklenburgische Str. to favour the walkable connection between the two sections of the Volkspark Wilmersdorf.
  • Assessment of the “Pedestrian-friendly Shopping Street” concept implemented in Friedrichstr. in Mitte Friedrichstr.
  • Formulation of design guidelines for a walkable Berlin, combining the research findings from the other case studies with the knowledge from international best practices.
  • Creation of an online StoryMap (and a related descriptive database) illustrating the permanent and temporary pedestrian-friendly projects in Berlin implemented by the Berlin Municipality and community groups.

For the investigation of these case studies, a definition of “walkable city” will be provided by the students and used as a lens through which to analyse the case studies. The students will be required to organise themselves in small working groups, select a case study among the three proposed, choose the research methods, manage the workload for the analysis and assessment of the case studies, present the progress work during the course of the semester by means of presentations and report the results of their work in the final outputs of the project studio courses.

A broad range of research methods can be applied for the investigation of the case studies such as review and content analysis of literature and policy documents, media and press scanning, interviews with stakeholders and local residents, statistics, spatial analysis, behavioural and mind mapping, sensory ethnographic methods (such as senses walks), multimodal tools (e.g., combining audio, visual and text content).

YEAR

Winter Semester 2020/2021, 2021/2022

PARTNERS

TU Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning.
Project Partners from the Berlin Municipality (in alphabetical order): Jörg Kaptain Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz; Saskia Leckel, Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz, Arbeitsgruppe Fußverkehrsinfrastruktur; Dan Orbeck Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz, Gruppenleiter „Fußverkehrsinfrastruktur“.
Guest critics in the AY 2021/2022 (in alphabetical order): Prof. Em. Dr. Dietrich Henckel, TU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Antje Michel, Fachhochschule Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Rolf Monheim, Universität Bayreuth, Ing. Ricarda Pätzold, Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik.

Looking for a Quiet Life?

On October, 12th 2020, Antonella was invited to present the webinar “Looking for a Quiet Life?” along with Dr Simon Jennings from Limerick City and County Council. The webinar was organized as part of Limerick European Green Leaf Event Series and it was moderated by Anne Goggin, Senior Executive Engineer,  Limerick City and County Council.
The aim of the webinar was twofold:

  • explore the importance of having access to tranquil spaces for your physical and mental well being;

  • invite people, particularly in Limerick, to become citizen scientists and use the Hush City App to tell us about quiet places where they find a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life. This will help Limerick City and County Council in the formal identification of  ‘Quiet Areas’ which need to be protected from inappropriate changes.

The recording of the webinar is available on the Limerick EGLA2020 YouTube Channel. Limerick City and County Council Team also made a terrific teaser featuring Hush City. Watch the Hush City Teaser!

Sound Reading Tips

Latest Open Access Scientific Publications:

  • Radicchi A. et al. (2020). “Sound and the Healthy City”. Leading Editorial of the special issue Sound and the Healthy City of Cities & Health Journal Editorial.

Antonella and Hush City in the News:

Quiet regards from Berlin,

The Hush City Team

LOOKING FOR A QUIET LIFE?

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Figure above: Picture of a quiet area crowdsourced in Limerick with the Hush City App.

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On October, 12th 2020, Antonella was invited to present the webinar “Looking for a Quiet Life?” along with Dr Simon Jennings from Limerick City and County Council. The webinar was organized as part of Limerick European Green Leaf Event Series and it was moderated by Anne Goggin, Senior Executive Engineer,  Limerick City and County Council.
The aim of the webinar was twofold:

  • explore the importance of having access to tranquil spaces for your physical and mental well being;

  • invite people, particularly in Limerick, to become citizen scientists and use the Hush City App to tell us about quiet places where they find a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life. This will help Limerick City and County Council in the formal identification of  ‘Quiet Areas’ which need to be protected from inappropriate changes.

The recording of the webinar is available on the Limerick EGLA2020 YouTube Channel. Limerick City and County Council Team also made a terrific teaser featuring Hush City. Watch the Hush City Teaser!

YEAR

2020

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This webinar was hosted by Limerick City and County Council as part of its European Green Leaf 2020 programme of events.

Is Berlin a Swim City?

As a follow up on the article “Berlino Swim City?” [“Is Berlin a Swim City?]  written by Antonella and published in the Scientific Journal EcoWebTown. Journal of Sustainable Design, the September newsletter hosts a commentary written by the landscape engineer Christian Hajer, who expands on the planning and design of Berlin as a Water City.

Happy reading!

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The invention of the water city

If you travel from the city center by boat on the Spree in a southeasterly direction to the outskirts of the city, the upper course of the Spree soon opens up behind the Mühlendammschleuse as a rich urban water landscape, lined with residential areas and parks, islands, former industrial and traffic facilities, near-natural forests, port dumps, abandoned military border patrol facilities, allotment gardens, and extensive meadowlands on the outskirts of the city. The river Spree reaches its widest extension in the inner city in the area of the Elsenbrücke bridge and the adjoining Stralau peninsula, in the area of the Rummelsburg Bay. The reunification of Germany offered the opportunity to preserve and develop these unique landscape qualities of the water landscape.  The vision of Berlin Water City  was born. It was based on the analysis that the former industrial city lived too much with its back to the water, did not open itself up to the river and had no real relationship to it. Expert reports on the development of Berlin as a Water City were commissioned, and Water City conferences with guests from Hamburg,Venice, Amsterdam and Copenhagen took place. Early expert reports and outline plans reflect the outcome of this discussion – the idea of Berlin as a Water City, whose perspective quickly narrowed down to numerous housing projects whose realization was considered to be urgent. Various property owners such as the Federal Government, the City Council of Berlin, districts and private owners shaped the location with their very own ideas. They soon concentrated on individual projects such as the modernization of the Osthafen for freight traffic, the development of office and service centers in the area of the Postbahnhof, the development of multi-story apartments around the Strahlau peninsula, and the closure of the A100 freeway ring road over the Elsenbrücke bridge. An important step was the determination of the City Council of Berlin to create a two-sided continuous riverside path along the Spree, which was to be developed step by step.  

Pioneer users as temporary users of  the banks of the Spree

On many plots along the waterfront, leases have been signed for temporary uses such as youth projects, clubs, bars and associations to revitalize the areas. Formerly inaccessible and locked bank properties could thus be used for the first time. A large part of these initiatives were also financially supported by the city. They were labelled „Urban Pioneers“ and were thus also part of the early location marketing. In the summer of 2007, crossing again the Spree River by boat, hundreds of young people could be seen playing and enjoying themselves on the riverbank or dangling their legs, sitting on the bank wall with refreshments in their hands. Hardly any urban space appeared more frequently as a film location for product advertising and Berlin city marketing to deliver the “Berlin feeling”. From about 2010 onwards, this urban space and its activities represented the national and international perception of the city like no other.The opening of many previously inaccessible riverbank areas revitalized the Spree River. The approach is reminiscent of the Place Branding at Tempelhofer Feld. In peripheral areas of the formerly closed airfield, areas were rented for pioneer uses, which were soon to be sold and developed for residential and commercial purposes. However, the implementation of the development plans was stopped here by a referendum in 2014. In the case of the Spree riverbank, too, criticism and resistance from users and residents against the further development plans of the district and investors arose. This culminated in a referendum in 2008, in which 86 percent voted in favor of the proposal of the “Sink Mediaspree” initiative. The demand was to keep a distance of 50 meters from the shore for new construction projects and to limit the construction height to 22 meters.

Swimming and bathing in the river is not possible

There are 40 bathing places in the Berlin urban area, such as the rivers of Dahme, Havel and the city lakes, but not a single one within the city-centre ‘s S-Bahn ring. There, the most obvious thing remained taboo: physical contact with water – swimming and bathing in the river. Physical contact with the element water remained forbidden due to water pollution. One reaction to this was the Badeschiff, a bathing ship that was put into operation in 2004 and enjoyed great popularity. However, in its time the Badeschiff was not understood as a permanent substitute solution, but rather as a kind of transitional solution until bathing in the Spree is possible, once the discharge of waste water from the overflows of the combined sewer system is stopped. This was to be achieved by the Spree 2011 project, which, however, was no longer financed by the city after partial realization of the first test tanks. Over the years, leisure time behavior and demands on urban greenery and landscape-bound sports and recreational activities are experiencing great growth as well as the interest in near-natural but usable open spaces in the city. The increasing heating of the densely built-up inner city areas in the summer months as a result of climate change makes a stay by the water a valuable asset. Other cities are showing the way. In Zurich and Basel, but also in Frankfurt am Main and Munich, urban society is now finding cooling in the river. In Munich, moreover, even a large section of the formerly canalized Isar River has been renaturalized at considerable expense. The project Flussbad in the center of Berlin at Kupfergraben is based on this idea and pursues the goal of establishing a city canal as a central place for public bathing and swimming. Water purification and upgrading of the canal for safe residence are becoming increasingly expensive. What began and was advertised as a sustainable, low-tech engineering-biological project has now developed into a large-scale project with cost risks that are difficult to calculate. The Kupfergraben is a concreted side canal of the Spree with 3-4 meter high bank walls. One advertises with the swim course in the canal, but the project lacks open spaces to stay in the immediate vicinity. Berlin has so far failed to stop the discharge of overflows from the combined sewer system. This would be the basis for the creation of a high-quality urban superspace shaped by water, which would bring the cityscape, water and people together. A water-dominated urban landscape of a new type, characterized by the presence of people on and in the water, a wet counterpart to Tempelhofer Feld. And if the water were clean, one could bathe anywhere in the city. On the Kreuzberg side of the Spree riverbank, there are still a number of possibilities for correction and creative design. There are still areas there that have not yet been developed. There one could also imagine that people could meet and swim there in the future.”

Text courtesy of Christian Hajer.

— Mr. Hajer is a town planner and landscaper. He works as expert guide and speaker in the field of urban development in Berlin. Mr. Hajer’s website: www.berlin-info.com

Summer 2020 News

Here we are! We are back on track with our freshly new series of seasonal newsletters and delighted to share with you some exciting summer bites.

  • Hush City in Portuguese

This Summer Newsletter kicks off a new version of the Hush City app, that includes the Portuguese language, too.
Isn’t amazing?
We are very much grateful to the Brazilian Association for Acoustical Quality – ProAcustica, who kindly sponsored the implementation of the Portuguese language in both the mobile and web-based version of the Hush City app. The Portuguese translation was curated by Eng. Priscila Wunderlich (ProAcustica).
ProAcustica has been a Hush City Ambassador for the past few years, conducting Hush City Soundwalks in Brazil and promoting the project in South America. We look forward to novel joint initiatives. Stay tuned!

Do you speak Portuguese? Are you curious to check the Hush City app in Portuguese?

Download Hush City from iTunes and Google Play and let us know what you think 🙂

For those, who are not familiar with the app, Hush City is available also in English, German, Italian and Spanish. The previous two versions were supported by a TU Berlin IPODI-Marie Curie Fellowship and by a HEAD-Genuit Foundation Research Grant.

  • New article published

The results of the fieldwork conducted by Antonella Radicchi in New York’s POPS in Spring 2019 are finally available. If you wish to virtually explore some of the quietest POPS in NY have a look here!

  • Hush City & the Berlin Noise Action Plan 2019-2023

In Spring and Summer 2018, Hush City was used within the context of the public participation campaign held for the preparation of the new Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas 2019-2023. The Berlin Senate has recently released the new Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas 2019-2023, that is part of the new Berlin Noise Action Plan (NAP) 2019-2023. An overview of the NAP is available in German here. The Annex dedicated to the new Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas 2019-2023,featuring Hush City is available in German here.

  • Hush City in the Press

Below, a couple of articles and a podcast (in German) featuring Hush City. We are very grateful to the journalists and podcaster producers for consideration and for helping disseminating the project around. Happy reading!

The invisible threat of noise pollution: how do we protect quiet?
Euronews | August 19 2020

Lärm: Wer belästigt hier wen?
Podcast Planet A | July 21 2020

Will the world be quieter after the pandemic?
BBC article | June 17 2020

Smart phone app to find ‘quiet places’ in Limerick
Limerick Leader | June 16 2020

Using Hush City to identify quiet and tranquil areas in Limerick
I Love Limerick  | June 16 2020

Con la fine della quarantena è tornato il rumore, ed è un problema
WIRED Italia | May 26 2020

Quiet regards from Berlin,
The Hush City Mobile Lab Team