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Soundwalk in the Dunes – Saturday, May 24

1:00 PM May 24, 2014 Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 100 N. Lake Street in Gary, Indiana Join members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology as they teach visitors to listen to the symphony of sounds of nature […]

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – City Creatures Project, May 26

MSAE is delighted to be partnering with Dave Aftandilian, ASAE member and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Texas Christian University and Gavin Van Horn, Regional Director, Center for Humans and Nature . Together, they are collaborating on The City Creatures Project. The City Creatures Project will be embarking on a  day […]

Mobile Media, Urban Spaces, and “Netsch” Soundwalk With Steve Jones

Behavioral Sciences Building
Behavioral Sciences Building, University of Illinois at Chicago

10 AM Saturday, November 12

Join us at…


Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB), room 1169
1007 W. Harrison Street, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL 60607
Admission Free

Steve Jones, UIC Distinguished Professor in Communication and MSAE member, will give a short presentation concerning mobile media, urban spaces and sound, followed by a “Netsch” soundwalk on the University of Illinois Chicago campus. The Behavioral Sciences Building is near the #60 and #7 bus stop at Harrison and Morgan, and the UIC-Halsted stop on the CTA Blue Line. A pay parking lot is located at the northeast corner of Harrison and Morgan. [Google Map]


“What If Sound Matters Too?” with Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Scott Bernstein suggests that both reduced noise exposure and increased intentional soundscape enhancement is achievable, affordable, and even good for the economy, providing agendas for research, demonstration, and local policies that can make healthy soundscapes attainable.

MSAE Celebrates Douglas Center Silver Anniversary, Saturday June 25

DC Celebration poster
Click to View Douglas Center's Silver Celebration Poster

Saturday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Join the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project for a
presentation and soundwalk at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.


Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403
Tel: 219-395-1772
MSAE Contact, Eric Leonardson: info@mwsae.org


Enjoy the soundscapes and natural beauty of Miller Woods. Learn about Acoustic Ecology. Discover nature in the city. Draw a sound map. Listen for the voices of the wild. This free, family-friendly event celebrates both the 25th anniversary of the Douglas Center and “Leave No Child Inside” month. This day-long event kicks off 10 a.m. at the South Shore Centre for the Arts across Lake street from the Miller train station. The Silver Celebration brings together many local community groups and partnerships, all with fun activities planned.

Learn about the many educational and recreational activities available in our region along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, from kayaking, swimming, and hiking to learning from scientists, park managers, and artists. The keynote speaker for the day’s event will be photographer and author, Dudley Edmondson, who will present some of his stunning nature photography and share tips for connecting with the outdoors on an interactive hike in Miller Woods. Other speakers, presentations, and activities will take place throughout the day. Check the park’s website for updates on the schedule of events.


October 2010 Announcements

Local meetings, radio broadcasts, exhibitions, soundwalks, membership news, and acoustic ecology-related events and resources for the month of October, 2010

Soundwalk at Chicago Center for Green Technology on April 17

Experience nature in the city 10 a.m., Saturday at the Chicago Center for Green Technology 445 N. Sacramento Blvd. (between Lake St. and Chicago Ave.), Chicago, IL 60612 Contact: Dan Godston at dgodston@gmail.com, or call 312-543-7027 You are invited to join members of the Midwest […]


The destruction of Chicago’s Gropius architecture and Bauhaus legacy has begun. As reported here in August, the City of Chicago destroyed nearly all of the landscaping around the Michael Reese Hospital campus—the 37-acre site that was purchased by the city for construction of an Olympic Village in 2016. Members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology led a soundwalk here on September 12 to raise awareness of the tragic loss of the landscape and threatened demolition of its buildings.

Even though Chicago was not selected to host the 2016 Olympics the first building on the Michael Reese Hospital campus has been destroyed. This action is in willful disregard of city’s own great architectural history and the research of the Gropius in Chicago Coalition (GCC). It was the GCC who revealed Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius’s direct role in the design of buildings at Michael Reese Hospital. This action gives the lie to Chicago’s claims of commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. Destruction of a Gropius building is ludicrous because there are no real development plans in place, and it ruins any chance of receiving the 20% Federal Redevelopment Tax Credits for buildings on the National Historic Register.

The Friend Convalescent Home on the Michael Reese Hospital Campus, was demolished first. According to the GCC it is the first major Gropius work demolished in decades, anywhere in the world.

Condemnation of the city’s action has been published around the world. Please read the Gropius in Chicago Coalition’s post listing facts of their research.

Please help save what remains by writing letters to the City Officials listed on the GCC’s support page.

reflections on three recent soundwalks in Chicago

The World Listening Project has organized three soundwalks recently—at the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Garfield Park Conservatory on August 1st, and by/around the Michael Reese Hospital campus on September 12th. It’s been good to be involved with these soundwalks, and the WLP […]