Very often people ask: when is loud too loud?
We perceive noise rather subjectively and some people find certain sounds or noises more disturbing than others. Therefore the question “when is loud too loud?” can be answered very differently from person to person.
Also regulations and laws provide different thresholds, although there is common agreement that noise can be an health hazard due to long term exposure to it.
In this newsletter we report some of the key thresholds set up by existing regulations and laws at the international, European and German levels. Continue reading
We are thrilled to invite you to a great soundwalk on Tuesday, 11th September 2018, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Mitte around Pankstraße area.
Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Meeting point: Ruheplatzstrasse/Antonstrasse (at the bench)
Organized by: Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, led by Dr. Antonella Radicchi, TU Berlin
Registration: The number of participants is limited to 25. Please register by 6th September 2018 at email@example.com indicating if you are from the Pankstraße area (districts Gesundbrunnen and Wedding).
Berlin Noise Action Planning
The Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection is currently working on the next Berlin Noise Action Plan 2018-2023. As part of the public participation campaign, 1,500 noise areas have been reported by the Berlin citizens at www.leises.berlin.de. In addition to identifying areas where it is currently too loud, the noise action plan also aims to identify and strengthen quiet areas, where you recover from the daily hustle and bustle.
This is where you come in! Continue reading
Inter-Noise 2018, The Anxious City Festival, the Valuing Landscape Conference: In the next two weeks, Antonella will be part of important conferences on noise control, health, well-being and landscape in the urban context. We are grateful and looking forward to the opportunity to enter into dialogue with experts from many different fields and to disseminate the Hush City project.
And we even got featured on TV last week.
Read below more on recent activities and events. Continue reading
On July 18th 2018 many fabulous activities were organized all around the world to celebrate the World Listening Day and sensitize people about the importance of listening and living in healthy environments.
This year the overall theme was “Future Listening” and in Berlin we celebrated it with two soundwalks in the Reuterkiez, Neukölln. The soundwalks were organized by Dominik and Stefanie of the Stadtteilbüro Reuterkiez and guided by Dr. Antonella Radicchi, TU Berlin.
We are deeply grateful to the participants in the soundwalks for their interest, commitment, energy and passion: this newsletter reporting on the soundwalks’ outputs is therefore dedicated to them.
By sharing this story, we also hope to grasp your curiosity on soundwalks as a powerful participatory method to evaluate the sonic environment and its impact on our health and quality of life! Continue reading
We are thrilled to inform you that we have just released a new free version of the Hush City app!
Would you like to give it a try?
New features include: Continue reading
Image source: World Listening Day 2018 – FUTURE LISTENING
Soundwalk on 18 July 2018
- Starting time: 5pm and 7pm
- Meeting point: Kinder Kiosk at Reuterplatz
- Route: Reuterplatz – Pannierstraße – Sonnenallee – Weichselstraße – Weichselplatz
- Language: English/German
- With: Dr. Antonella Radicchi, in collaboration with Stadtteilbüro Reuterkiez
Do you know that July 18 is the World Listening Day?
Every year many fabulous activities are organized all around the world to sensitize about the importance of listening and to live in healthy sonic environments.
This year the overall them is “Future Listening”. Continue reading
Chattering, clinking bottles, music, breaking glass, dull bass, laughing. It’s summer in Berlin and people are meeting outside at plazas, streets, in front of bars, clubs and “Spätis” to enjoy the mild evenings. While one is exploring the urban night looking for amusement and distraction, the other is trying to sleep and recover from the daily hustle and bustle.
Traditionally night is a time-space of quietness and recovery. However, activities have increasingly extended into the night causing rising levels of nocturnal noise pollution for example due to traffic, urban maintenance and nightlife. The nocturnal city becomes a conflicting space where different needs and norms often seem to be more incompatible than during the day.
Contested space – the Berlin case
Nightlife is strongly interconnected with Berlin’s identity. However recent dynamics, such as gentrification and touristification processes, have led to a rising number of nightlife-related conflicts – with noise being one of them – especially in popular dense inner city districts, as the Reuterkiez in Neukölln.
The neighborhood has undergone deep transformation processes in recent years, including rising rents and structural changes in demographics and in the business sector. The latter, particularly has led to the proliferation of cafés, bars and clubs especially along Weserstraße, which has turned into a nightlife hotspot as well as a place of conflicts.
Night clubbers, indeed, who enjoy spending the nights in Weserstraße drinking and chatting, can affect the quality of life of the residents, who apparently are increasingly suffering from insomnia caused by noise.
With sleep being crucial for our body to recover – e.g. favouring the renewing of cells and regulating our metabolism – a poor sleeping quality can negatively affect our mental and physical health, causing problems, spanning from cognitive impairments to obesity, hypertension and depression. Therefore, community groups in the Reuterkiez are fighting for the right to a quieter night!
Measurements against nocturnal noise
Besides enforcing actions, like curfews and bans, communicative measurements are increasingly being used to reduce nocturnal noise. Continue reading
Urban Health. Concepts, consequences and challenges for health in large cities.
Whether people are or remain healthy, is influenced by both their living circumstances and environment.
A city’s transportation system, spatial layout, housing conditions, and safety are all factors that interact to create complex vulnerabilities in urban environments that affect health and contribute to health inequities.
However, novel concepts in how to design and manage a city or a district are emerging that promote behaviors conducive to health and ultimately better health outcomes.
In this conference, experts from France and Germany will explain major health threats for residents of urban environments, but also share visions and concrete prototypes for a healthier life in large cities.
When: June 29 2018
Where: Französische Botschaft, Wilhelmstr. 69, 10117 Berlin, Germany
At what time: registration opens at 9.15am
See the full program here
From June 14th to July 1st the Make City Festival, “A Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives”, takes place in Berlin. Spanning over 17 days the festival features over 120 events: exhibitions, workshops, urban tours and studio talks.
As part of the festival, the European Network Architecture for Health invites to the foyer talk Building Health.
Can architecture and urban planning affect health? Which visionary and innovative concepts are available to make our cities a sustainable healthy and social environment?
We are looking forward to discuss these questions with you in a convivial atmosphere – with good conversations and a glass of wine!
To make planning easier, please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and the trend is upwards.
With a growing urban population and denser cities, the number of people being negatively affected by noise is constantly increasing. Every year noise from road traffic affects over 125 million people only in Europe, causing physical and mental health issues, impairing our social well-being and raising questions regarding social and environmental justice.
Although being the second most common environmental stressor, noise pollution has been often neglected. To tackle this challenge, Continue reading