Antonella Radicchi

Antonella Radicchi

Architect and Urbanist, PhD

Berlin calling!

 As we anticipated last week, the public participation campaign “Berlin wird leiser” has been kicked off on April 26 2018.  It is a great opportunity: make sure to not miss it!  Your feedback will be included in the next Berlin Noise Action Plan (2018-2023). According to the European Directive on the Environmental Noise (END 49/2002), every big European city is obliged to produce and update every five years its noise maps and noise action plans. The process of identification of urban quiet areas (and their protection) has also to be included in the noise action plans!

But how to identify urban quiet areas?

Acoustical and quantitative criteria are not sufficient to guarantee the identification of a neighbourhood-based network of quiet areas accessed to everyone. On the other hand, we believe that people’s preferences should be applied as the criterion for the identification and protection of urban quiet areas.

Hush City app empowers you to make your voice heard and it supports you in having your quiet areas protected.

Download here the app and start today to impact on the next Berlin Noise Action Plan!
For us, at the Hush City Mobile Lab, citizens – like you – are indeed the real smart, active sensors that can play an effective role for a quiet and just city. Participate in the public participation campaign “Berlin weird leiser” and crowdsource your favourite quiet areas, by using the Hush City app.

If you don’t have a smartphone and you are interested in participating, just contact us at we will support you!

Curious to hear more about the topic of urban quiet areas & our participatory methodology?

> Read our latest publication: Citizens as smart, active sensors for the quiet and just city
> Listen to the podcast, in which Antonella talks about the Hush City app!

‘Till next week, and quiet regards from Berlin!
The Hush City Mobile Lab Team

Everyday Quiet Area of the Week


Vera-Brittain-Ufer, 10178 Berlin. This everyday quiet area is rated as meaningful and it is no. 995 of the Hush City Map. Image source: Hush City app.

Sound Tweets

In case you could not enjoy our daily tweeting, we are happy to share with you our “Best of the week” selection:

  • Very interesting interview about the ambivalent experiences of a formerly deaf woman who decided to get cochlear implants. Read the full story here
  • The modern digital soundscape: “All-you-can-hear buffet” of synthetic noises, of whooshs, dings and cha-chings! Read the full story here
  • What about if we think of “Citizens as smart, active sensors for a quiet and just city”? (open access)? Read the full story here
  • @HUSHCITYapp is successfully using the idea of #crowdsourcing. We’re convinced of the benefits of participatory research and planning. Read the full story here
  • The singing road: Another example how planning without thinking of the people’s need for quietness can go wrong. Read the full story here
  • These sounds annoy us the most! Plus the backgorund music of the video…was that the intention? Read the full story here
  • Berlin’s #SenUVK works on its new noise action plan – and involves the citizens! Read the full story here

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