Designing Urban Areas to Hear the Sounds of the City

Cities make more sounds than just cars driving by or factories humming. Trevor Cox says we should embrace the subtle sounds of cities, and update our urban design to make sure we can.
August 3, 2010, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Urban design is only really concerned with abating noise made by public transport or industry: the subtle and interesting sounds that can enhance cities are overlooked. With the internal combustion engine on its way out, though, the acoustic fog created by cars, buses and trucks will finally lift and other sounds of the city will emerge. Will we like what we hear? All those annoying sounds currently masked by traffic noise, such as humming ventilation systems and music escaping from pubs, restaurants and cars, will become more audible. It's time to work out how we want our cities of the future to sound."

Cox, and acoustic engineer, argues that the sounds considered when plans are being made should include a wider variety of the sounds that can be heard in urban areas.

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Published on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 in New Scientist
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