Il giorno 8 novembre 2018, nell’Aula Multimediale del nostro Dipartimento, in via Vito Volterra 62, nuova sede, si terrà il Seminario “Standardization in soundscape research: opportunities and challenges” tenuto dal Dott. Francesco Aletta, dell’ Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom, della durata di un’ora circa.
Soundscape studies are a well-established field of research by now, positioned somewhere in the “intersection” (some might even say “union”) among diverse disciplines, such as sociology, environmental psychology, music, acoustic ecology, urban planning, noise control engineering, architecture and more. The concept of soundscape started to gain importance, particularly for researchers and practitioners of the built environment, thanks to the pioneering work of authors like Southworth (Southworth, 1969) and Schafer (Schafer, 1977), who significantly contributed to the debate around the urban realm, questioning what modern cities should “sound like” (and not only “look like”). Kang et al. (Kang, et al., 2016) showed that the number of soundscape studies is increasing with time. While the publication rate of soundscape studies is growing stably, urban soundscape research as a whole could still be considered in its beginnings. The discipline is going through a (sometimes difficult) process of harmonization and standardization, supported by the efforts of the international research community, aiming to address both general frameworks and definitions’ issues, as well as more practical and methodological aspects related to “soundscaping”. This talk will address the main definition and framework for the soundscape approach provided by the Part 1 of the ISO 12913 standard (International Organization for Standardization, 2014), as well as the minimum reporting requirements, described in the recently released Part 2 (International Organization for Standardization, 2018). The talk will further discuss a number of (alternative) methodological approaches in soundscape studies for data collection and analysis.
International Organization for Standardization. (2014). ISO 12913-1:2014 Acoustics — Soundscape — Part 1: Definition and conceptual framework. Geneva: ISO.
International Organization for Standardization. (2018). ISO/TS 12913-2:2018 Acoustics — Soundscape — Part 2: Data collection and reporting requirements. Geneva: ISO.
Kang, J., Aletta, F., Gjestland, T. T., Brown, L. A., Botteldooren, D., Schulte-Fortkamp, B., . . . Lavia, L. (2016). Ten questions on the soundscapes of the built environment. Building and Environment, 108, 284-294.
Schafer, R. M. (1977). The tuning of the world. New York, NY: Knopf.
Southworth, M. (1969). The sonic environment of cities. Environment and Behavior, 1(1), 49-70.