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! The Senate would like to explore quiet areas in the city together with you in order to find out what characterizes quiet areas for you. Therefore the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection is organizing a soundwalk in the Mitte district, led by Dr. Antonella Radicchi (TU Berlin).
Dr. Radicchi indeed has 10-year of experience in soundscape research and she is experienced in guiding soundwalks. Furthermore Dr. Radicchi has been applying a novel, participatory methodology to find, evaluate and plan urban quiet areas since 2016, when she kicked off the “Beyond the Noise” project at TU Berlin.
In 2017, Dr. Radicchi has also launched the Hush City app to empower people to identify and evaluate urban quiet areas. The Hush City app will be used within the context of the soundwalk: quiet areas crowdsourced by people in Berlin (and beyond) are open access here.
What is a soundwalk?
A soundwalk is “any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment” (Westerkamp 1974). 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!
During the soundwalk, we want to perceive and evaluate sounds together with you at several locations.
We will start with the ear-cleaning exercises. Afterwards 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 few minutes. Then you will be invited to reply to a questionnaire.
You can also rate the location using our free Hush City App, available also in German.
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. Then, if you like, you might join the final discussion and share your thoughts about the soundwalk with the other participants.
Impact on the next Berlin Noise Action Plan!
Help to develop criteria for urban quiet areas in urban planning. Your feedback is valuable for traffic and urban planning. The findings of the soundwalk will also be incorporated into the Pankstraße traffic concept promoted by the neighbourhood management.
We will inform you about the results of the soundwalk in our next newsletters. The results will be also published in the Senate Administration’s online dialogue at www.leises.berlin.de.
We would be thrilled to welcome you on 11 September. The number of participants is limited to 25. Please don’t forget to register by 6th September 2018 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find more information here.