Based on a four-year European Union COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) project on Action Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes, the 10 chapters in this volume examine soundscape in the built environment in terms of human health, tools for implementing the soundscape approach, measurement techniques, mapping, soundscape practice, and examples. Acoustics and other researchers from Europe and Australia discuss the acoustic environment and soundscapes in general, including sound sources, the definition of soundscape, and comparisons to environmental noise; scientific evidence from psychophysics, psychology, cognition, and other fields in terms of perception, understanding, and judgment in sonic environments; and the role of access to high-quality acoustic environments in human well-being, quality of life, and the environmental health of urban and rural populations. They detail soundscape research and its relevance to social and acoustic harmony in living environments; data on perceived soundscapes from Dutch and Austrian surveys; binaural measurement technology and psychoacoustics for soundscape investigation; new mapping techniques; approaches to urban soundscape management, planning, and design; soundscape as part of cultural and natural heritage; and case studies on interventions in Europe and the US. Some prior knowledge of elementary acoustics is assumed. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
This text discusses soundscape in the built environment. It begins with a presentation of theory and basic background. It then sets out tools for implementing a soundscape approach, and then delivers a series of examples of the application of the soundscape approach in planning, design, and assessment. It presents a consensus on the current state of the art and is not merely a collection of different views. It is written for acoustic consultants, urban planners, designers and policy makers, graduate students, and researchers.
Number of Pages: 310
Sub-Genre: Construction/General, Acoustics + Sound
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Street Date: December 15, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-8295