Antonella Radicchi

Antonella Radicchi

Architect and Urbanist, PhD

Sound and the Healthy City (1)

We are thrilled to dedicate this newsletter to the first three papers which have been recently published online, as part of the special issue “Sound and the Healthy City” of the “Cities and Health” Journal.

The aim of the special issue is to put together trans-disciplinary contributions which address not only the negative effects of noise pollution but also the positive effects of the acoustic environment on people’s health and quality of life, focusing on:

  • Public spaces, private/public spaces and the built environment;
  • Streetscapes, walkability, and new forms of mobility;
  • New technology;
  • Urban commons, innovative policies, and form of governance;
  • Placemaking and inclusion;
  • The ecology of urban soundscapes.

The special issue is curated by Antonella Radicchi, the guest lead editor, Lindsay McCunn, the managing editor of the “Cities and Health” journal, and by a fantastic bunch of guest co-editors (in alphabetical order): Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi, Andy Chung, Pamela Jordan, Sharon Stewart, Aggelos Tsaligopoulos.
Last but not least, the special issue would have not be possible without the great support of Marcus Grant, the visionary editor-in-chief of the “Cities and Health” journal.

The call for papers, launched last year on April 25th 2018 for the International Noise Awareness Day, was very successful and 30+ contributions were submitted from several countries worldwide.
As of March 18th 2019, three papers have been published online and further accepted papers will be published in the next weeks.

The first paper “Urban noise levels are high enough to damage auditory sensorineural health” is authored by Jan L. Mayes and it was published online on February 18th 2019.
It highlights how cumulative hazardous urban noise causes auditory sensorineural damage, tinnitus, and hearing impairment in all age groups and it describes how public health noise limits can prevent adverse auditory effects and speech interference disturbing communication.
The full article is available here.

The second paper “Combined soundwalks and lightwalks” is authored by Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel and it was published online on March 11th 2019.
The article proposes the performance of combined soundwalks and lightwalks as a method to investigate and evaluate noise and artificial light at night as relevant stressors for human health and wellbeing.
The full article is available here.

The third paper “Soundscape and its contribution to health in the city” is authored by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and it was published online on March 14th 2019.
It highlights how the soundscape approach to the acoustic environment underlies a holistic concept based on the expertise of the people involved and it stresses how there is an urgent need to get communities involved based on the use of the Soundscape Standard.
The full article is available here.

We will be featuring the latest publications of the special issue “Sound and the Healthy City” through our newsletters to help spread the word around and keep you guys updated.

So, stay tuned and happy reading!

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