exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

Tag: neighborhood

Night Out In the Parks Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in October & November

Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape

Positive Sound Design in Urban Soundscapes – Chicago Tribune

This week, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, Blair Kamin and I had a good chat about the positive role of sound in the design and experience of urban spaces. While noise problems at O’Hare Airport and Wrigley Field gain attention, we focused ways that sound reduces […]

A Soundwalk Idea for Chicago’s Bauhaus District by the Michael Reese Hospital Campus

Recently there has been a lot of developments regarding the fate of Michael Reese Hospital, in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Chicago2016 is planning to demolish the hospital, but the Gropius in Chicago Coalition, Preservation Chicago, Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, and other organizations have been campaigning to preserve those buildings. Many of the buildings at MRH were designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, The Architects Collaborative, and other architects. Also, the landscape architecture there was designed by Hideo Sasaki and Lester Collins. Earlier this week I went to two public hearings about this. On Monday, July 20th, I went to the Chicago2016 public hearing at Daley College, and the following night I attended a public hearing in Bronzeville, regarding the plans to demolish MRH. (To find out more about this, please visit www.gropiuschicago.org.)

Buildings on the Michael Reese Hospital Campus
Buildings and landscape of Michael Reese Hospital Campus

It would be interesting to see if a soundwalk could happen by Michael Reese Hospital. Earlier this week, demolition bids were issued to several local companies. Abatement (removal of asbestos, etc.) has already begun. I’m not sure if it would be appropriate to have a soundwalk happen in the direct vicinity of MRH, later this summer… Apartment complexes and other properties border the hospital campus. If a soundwalk happens during the abatement process, the soundwalk participants would be hearing what the residents of that neighborhood would be hearing. A soundwalk could possibly happen there at the end of August / beginning of September.