The November newsletter features four of the twenty-first Hush City Soundwalks, guided by Antonella in September to celebrate the Sound Walk Sunday 2019 and crowdsource quiet areas by using Hush City app.
In doing so, we would like to acknowledge the outstanding commitment of the local partners, who helped organize the soundwalks in Berlin, Milan, Florence and Barcelona. We would like to thank the participants in the Hush City Soundwalks for their enthusiasm and the fabulous comments.
On September, 18th Antonella guided a Hush City Soundwalk in the area of Pankstrasse, in Mitte, Berlin, Germany. This soundwalk was organized in collaboration with Emanuele Porcinai, a Berlin-based sound artist, and a group of different artists.
This soundwalk was guided along the same route, and in the same area as last year. In 2018 Antonella guided a soundwalk in collaboration with the Berlin Senate for the preparation of the Berlin Plan of Quiet Areas (Noise Action Plan 2018-2023).
The participants appreciated the overall experience and a soundwalker particularly appreciated “the ear cleaning exercises which were done at the beginning, [which] were a useful discovery which I will further investigate for the future. […]”.
Curious to explore the quiet areas crowdsourced in the Pankstrasse area, Mitte, Berlin? Have a look & ear at the EQA #2943 of Hush City Map.
On September, 20th Antonella guided a Hush City Soundwalk in Milan, Italy. This soundwalk was organized in collaboration with Eugenio Morello and Barbara Piga, Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti, Politecnico di Milano and their students of the International Master in Urban Design and Planning.
A participant reported an insightful comment addressing the relationship between green spaces and the quality of their acoustic environment: “[…] Even though all of the places we observed were green spaces, [listening to them] produced a different feeling. The first one felt familiar and nostalgic because of the sounds of the leaves and of the children playing in the school nearby. […] Whereas I perceived the other spots not so pleasant because of the lack of people’s voices or the presence of foreground traffic noise […]”.
Have a look & ear at the first place we explored: EQA #2967 of Hush City Map.
On September, 24th Antonella guided a Hush City Soundwalk along the Arno River in the neighborhood Rovezzano in Florence, Italy. This soundwalk was organized in collaboration with Chiara Bartalucci, University of Florence and Vie En.Ro.Se Ingegneria, within the context of the NTP Erasmus project.
We had a group of international participants, from Italy, Turkey and Spain, all experts in environmental acoustics. A participant particularly appreciated experiencing the environment through their senses, and said: “[I would] take in account other senses. It could be interesting adding questions about “odor””. Another one appreciated “the fascinating contrast between the “built” city and the “natural” one”, concluding that “perhaps it is always possible to find a personal “quiet place””.
Would you like to travel with your imagination to Florence? Have a look & ear at the Arno River: EQA #3085 of the Hush City Map.
Last, but not least, on September, 27th Antonella guided a Hush City Soundwalk in the neighborhood Poblenou in Barcelona, Spain. This soundwalk was organized in collaboration with the local partner Rosa Maria Alsina Pagès, LaSalle University Barcelona.
The aim was to assess the potential of the Superblock Poblenou to act as a quiet area, by collecting citizen-generated data with local residents, professionals and public officials of the Municipality of Barcelona. The final discussion was very rewarding, and the participants shared extensive, detailed comments about the experience they had. The majority of the participants particularly appreciated the first and second stops along the route, namely a small park next to a Museum and a street pedestrianized through Tactic Urbanism actions.
A participant reflected on the importance of the role played by the experience, commenting that “the sound levels of the five places were quite similar, but it is true that the perception [of them] was more different”. Another one commented on the impact of other senses on the perception of quietness: “I would highlight the influence of smell: some quiet, beautiful places are not so pleasant due to the smells, because they are dirty or because there are people smocking around”.
Have you ever visited the Superblock Poblenou? Have a look and ear at the EQA #3126 of the Hush City Map.
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Quiet regards from Berlin!
The Hush City Mobile Lab Team
*CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS*
The Global Program of Hush City Soundwalks is initiated and coordinated by Antonella Radicchi in her role of inventor and manager of the Hush City app, and it is part of the Hush City Mobile Lab project, which has received funding from the HEAD-Genuit Foundation.
Hush City app received funding from TU Berlin IPODI-Marie Curie Program (2016-2018) and from the HEAD-Genuit Foundation (2018-2020).
The Global Program’s Hush City Soundwalks were hosted, managed and guided by (in alphabetical order): Zoe Banks Gross, Chiara Bartalucci, Richard Bentley, Ana Villas Boas, Jeanine Botta, Paul Driscoll, Milena Droumeva, Sophie Gleeson, Marcos Holtz, Sarah Jones-Morris, Linda Keane, Jordan Lacey, Eric Leonardson, Elaine Moraes de Albuquerque, Eugenio Morello, Rosa Maria Alsina Pagès, Emanuele Porcinai, Antonella Radicchi, Lau Siu-Kit Eddie, Sharon Stewart, Jerònimo Vida Manzano.