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 stress and enhance. Instead of the negative role, I mentioned specific examples of places in Chicago where I, and other MSAE members, have led soundwalks within Millennium Park.
Blair Kamin wrote, “Sound can alleviate, as well as accentuate, stress. It can delight us as well as drive us crazy. Sound should be a part of the recipe for cooking up great cities. Yet concocting that recipe is as much art as science.”
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) is seeking papers for a “Special Issue on Soundscape and its Applications.”
Deadline: January 15, 2012
[Quoted from the call]
The general topic of soundscape is recognized as one that has consistently generated new and innovative ways of thinking about noise control and if [sic] the interaction between sound and people. It has a significant practical relevance, in terms of policies, as well as in the planning and design of new living areas or in reshaping existing areas.
Topics of interest include whatever is involved in the developments of soundscapes:
Perceptual and physical parameters (such as the characteristics of sounds and survey site selection)
Multi-sectoral environmental health impact assessment
Two public hearings addressed the plans to demolish MRH. The first was on Monday, July 20th, at Daley College. The following night a public hearing was held in Bronzeville. To find out more, please visit www.gropiuschicago.org.
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.