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An activity-centric conceptual framework for assessing and creating positive urban soundscapes

Cain, R, Jennings, P, Adams, M, Bruce, N, Davies, WJ, Carlyle, A, Cusack, P, Hume, K and Plack, C 2008, An activity-centric conceptual framework for assessing and creating positive urban soundscapes , in: Institute of Acoustics Spring Conference 2008, 10 - 11 April 2008, Reading, UK.

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Abstract

The Positive Soundscapes Project is an interdisciplinary investigation of soundscape perception [1]. The project seeks to develop a rounded view of human perception of soundscapes by drawing together methods from the disciplines of engineering sound quality [2], acoustics, psychoacoustics, physiology [3], as well as sound art, acoustic ecology and social science [4]. In the acoustics community, sound in the environment, especially that made by other people has overwhelmingly been considered in negative terms as both intrusive and undesirable. The strong focus of traditional engineering acoustics on reducing noise levels ignores the many possibilities for characterizing positive aspects of the soundscape, whereas art and social science disciplines interpret soundscape perception as a multimodal and multi-dimensional concept. The project team come from a wide range of disciplines and are applying their experiences to investigate soundscapes from different aspects to produce a more nuanced and complete picture of listener response than has so far been achieved. In order for the team behind the project to achieve this, an underpinning framework is required, by which to approach and move the project forward, while aligning thinking from the different disciplines. This paper describes a high-level first iteration of the conceptual framework, which is structured in three parts. The use and potential application of the framework within the Positive Soundscapes Project is then discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC221-246 Acoustics - Sound
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Proc. I. o. A.
Refereed: Yes
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Depositing User: Dr W. J. Davies
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 10:57
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2463

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