We are thrilled to invite you to join us for a great soundwalk in the beautiful historic center of Köpenick!
This soundwalk is led by Dr. Antonella Radicchi and it is organized in collaboration with the district of Treptow-Köpenick and the Berlin Senate, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, in the framework of the public participation campaign of the next Berlin Noise Action Plan “Berlin wird leiser”.
What is a soundwalk?
A soundwalk is “any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment”. It is a walk whose main purpose is listen to any sound of the environment, next and far from us, continuous and discontinuous, in the foreground and in the background, sounds that we like and noise that we don’t like. Ears first, please!
The soundwalk will last approximately 1.5 hour. We will start with the ear-cleaning exercises. Afterwards, we will start the soundwalk: we will walk in a line at a slow pace, in silence. At each of the listening points, we will stop and we will firstly listen to the environment in silence for 1 minute. Then you will be invited to reply to a questionnaire. The questionnaire is composed of 5 questions and it is the same per each listening point. At the end of the soundwalk, you will be invited to reflect on the overall experience by taking notes and/or drawing a map of the soundwalk on the last page of the questionnaire. Then, if you like, you might join the final discussion and share your thoughts about the soundwalk with the other participants.
It may happen that you find yourself listening to your internal thoughts. It is normal! Listening to the environmental sounds, especially when the ambient is loud, might be challenging. No panic! Just focus on listening to a sound that you like or that is intriguing to you. This tip will help you to reconnect with the environment.
Everyday Quiet Area of the week from Geneva
In case you could not enjoy our daily tweeting, we are happy to share with you our “Best of the week” selection:
- Get involved and tell @SenUVK what are noisy places, where your urban quiet ares are and what initiatives already exist in your neighbourhood! Read the full story here
- The Pocket Guide to Soundwalking quoted in the Listening to the City Handbook (open access). Read the full story here
- “The city’s 311 non-emergency call service gets 50,000 calls a day, and the No. 1 complaint is noise.” @NY is now starting a five-year study to monitor noise in the city. @HUSHCITYapp is looking forward to the findings! Read the full story here
- This installation gives you a taste of the polluted air in big cities. Creating awareness is an essential step towards more climate friendly, healthier and liveable cities and also one aim of @HUSHCITYapp. Read the full story here
- “Mach’s leiser”: An environment association in Leipzig is fighting for a quiter city and new mobility concepts to reduce traffic noise. We like! Read the full story here
- Vincent Andrisani asks: “What would happen if we think about cities less in terms of how they look and more in terms of how they sound”. Read the full story here
- Congratulations to Dr. Bronzaft to her most deserved award “for her lifelong commitment to making the world quieter and healthier.” Read the full story here
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