Antonella Radicchi

Antonella Radicchi

Architect and Urbanist, PhD

Placemaking, healthy cities and community-driven technology

We are thrilled to dedicate this newsletter to new publications and projects addressing placemaking, healthy cities and community-driven technology.

“Sound and the Healthy City”

Four new papers have been recently published online, as part of our special issue “Sound and the Healthy City” of the Journal, “Cities and Health” published by Routledge.

Professor Emerita and leading noise expert, Dr. Arline Bronzaft authored: “Supporting healthier urban environments with a sound and noise curriculum for students”.
This article introduces readers to Dr. Bronzaft‘s work with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on the Sound and Noise Module Curriculum. The curriculum would teach children about the beauty of the good sounds and the dangers of loud sounds and noise.
The lesson plans on the Sound and Noise Module are a worthwhile read for all people interested in working towards a quieter and healthier society and it can be accessed at the New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection site.
The full article is available here.

Professor Emeritus and co-founder of the legendary World Soundscape Project project, Barry Truax, authored: “Acoustic sustainability in urban design: lessons from the World Soundscape Project”.
The contribution illustrates the pioneering work of the World Soundscape Project in North America and Europe in the 1970s, which has laid a foundation for acoustic ecology, soundscape composition and a model of the acoustic community. Based on this work, the author suggests some guiding principles for the qualitative aspects of urban acoustic design and sustainability that address quality of life issues.
The full article is available here.

Humam geographer Dr. Brandley Rink (University of Western Cape) and Lwando Klaas (University of Cape Town) authored: “Flying, health and the city: sensing aeromobility and risk in an informal settlement”.
The contribution illustrates the findings of a research, which explored the relationships between flying, health and the city from the perspective of an informal settlement called Freedom Farm in Cape Town, South Africa, located underneath the flight path for Cape Town International Airport. Using semi-structured interviews with Freedom Farm residents and participant observation, this study explores the terrestrial experience and associated perceptions of health risks of aeromobility from the vantage point of informal dwellers.
The full article is available here.

Helen Steiger, project manager at DG Cities, authored: “A London municipality’s electric refuse collection vehicle – ‘The eRCV project’”.
The contribution illustrates a repowered, 26-tonne end-of-operational-life diesel Refuse Collection Vehicle, converted to be fully electric, by a consortium of partners comprising Magnetic Systems Technology, the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and DG Cities Limited. The article shows that repowered, end of life, electric Refuse Collection Vehicles offer a viable alternative to diesel powered vehicles to reduce noise within urban areas, whilst maintaining a high-quality service, producing zero-emissions and supporting the principles of a circular economy, by re-using valuable resources.
The full article is available here.

„Our City? Countering Exclusion In Public Space”

We are truly proud to be part of the first publication by the European Placemaking Network with a piece on HUSH CITY app as a digital participatory tool for placemaking healthier and quieter cities!
The book presents „research insights, local stories, tools, and actions, from a variety of voices, to provide you with a clear understanding of what is needed to maintain a sense of belonging in our cities’ public places”. The book also “shows how actively working with the local community, from engagement through to design, can change the way urban spaces are created and activated”.
You can pre-order the book here. Happy reading!


NYU Professor Tae Hong Park has recently kicked off NOISY.
NOISY is an AI Powered Automated Airplane Noise Reporting System that can automatically send noise complaints to your participating local airport and, even more importantly, save evidential data for future use.
You can read more on the project, watch the stunning introductory video, and back the project here.

And…“when things get loud, get NOISY!!”

Quiet regards from New York City and Berlin!


Everyday Quiet Area of the Week

Calle Angulo, 9, 18002 Granada, Spain.
This everyday quiet area is rated as lively and it is no. 2274 of the Hush City Map