Soundscape of the city is about more than decibels – Chicago Tribune

Last week, I enjoyed a nice chat with Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, Blair Kamin. Here’s his article on the positive function of sound in the design and experience of urban spaces.

To summarize, rather than bemoaning excessive noise in the city, acoustic ecology studies how sounds function to mediate communication of individuals within their environment. This understanding requires both art and science.

Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park

Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park, Chicago Tribune photo by Chris Walker

With it we are able to consider the consequences of our actions, be they in the design and construction of our environment, transportation, entertainment, or other endeavors.

Invisible Places | Sounding Cities Symposium

poster invisible placesI am working on the international scientific committee for Invisible Places | Sounding Cities, a symposium on sound, urbanism, and sense of place happening 18–20 July, 2014 in Viseu, Portugal. The call for submissions was announced January 13.

Three sections will be featured with a keynote by Jean-Paul Thibaud from CRNS at CRESSON for the section on Architecture and Urban Planning. Keynote speaker Brandon Labelle heads the section on Urban Sounds, Identity and Sense of Place, and Salomé Voegelin is our keynote speaker for Sound Art As Public Art. The symposium enjoys the support of a large arts festival called Jardins Efémeros in association with several other institutions and organizations, including the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. The conference includes numerous soundwalks, concerts—including my own solo performance—sound installations, and a solo concert and workshop by Francisco López.