The sound-absorbing city—New ideas for living environments around airports

Bauer, Jurgen (2012) The sound-absorbing city—New ideas for living environments around airports. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132. ISSN 0001-4966

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Great efforts and progress have been made in terms of noise protection measures in both urban, suburban and rural environments. Local or regional urban planning guidelines and anti-noise-manuals provide experienced and practical advice to reduce noise, in order to provide a better quality of life. Most of the anticipated solutions such as noise-protection-walls, fences, planted mounds etc. will address issues caused by land traffic. However, due to their nature, they fail to respond to "airborne" noise immission. In addition, there is a common public misconception that sound should be interpreted as noise ie. as a waste to get rid of, instead of critically identifying sound and sound clusters as a potential and as a resource to be integrated. The concept of the sound-absorbing city applies the same principles of sound reflection and sound absorption, as applied to an architectural space, in an urban space. It also investigates the possibility of combining unwanted sound, such as air traffic noise with wanted sound, such as nature and community sound. The paper discusses the concept of the sound-absorbing city, its potentials and its apparent limits, with regard to new settlements and existing agglomerations around airports.

Item Type: Article
Departments or Groups: Construction Industry Research & Knowledge Centre
Divisions: School of Engineering > Department of Architecture
SWORD Depositor: Jurgen Bauer
Depositing User: Jurgen Bauer
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 11:32
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 11:32

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