May 5, 2016

/ the research project, in a nutshell!

Today, cities have become increasingly noisier. In Europe, over 125 million people are affected by noise pollution from traffic every year, and apparently, quietness is becoming a luxury available only for the elites. There is a growing interest in protecting and planning quiet areas, which has been recognized as a valid tool to reduce noise pollution. However, developing a common methodology to define and plan quiet areas in cities is still challenging.
The “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes” project aims to fill this gap of knowledge by applying the soundscape approach, the citizen science paradigm and open source technology, with the ultimate goal of making quietness as a commons.
Accordingly, a new mixed methodology to identify, assess and plan small, quiet areas on the local scale is tested through the development of a pilot study in the Reuterkiez, a Berlin neighborhood affected by environmental injustice and noise pollution. In this pilot study, a number of citizens are involved in crowdsourcing data related to “everyday quiet areas” by using a novel mobile technology: the HUSH CITY app, open interviews and group soundwalks. The contents generated in the project will be embedded in the Everyday Quiet Areas Atlas – a virtual, open, interactive and multi-layered map; and in the Design Tools Kit – a digital report on how to protect existing “everyday quiet areas” and planning new ones.
Click here for more details on the research project.
Click here to download the Hush City app from iTunes!

/ credits

The  research project is conducted by Dr. Antonella Radicchi (Technical University of Berlin).
Project Supervisors: Professor Dr. Dietrich Henckel (Technical University of Berlin), M.A. Jörg Kaptain (Berlin Senate, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection).
Acoustic Consultants: Professor Michael Jäcker-Cüppers (Technical University of Berlin), Dipl. Ing. Manuel Frost (Berlin Senate, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection), Dipl. Ing. Mattia Cobianchi (Bowers & Wilkins, UK).
Software Development: QUERTEX GmbH (GER) in cooperation with EdgeWorks Software Ltd.
The pilot study is proudly conducted in collaboration with Rabea and Dominik from the Stadtteilbüro Reuterkiez!
The project has received the no-profit istitutional support of the Berlin Senate and it will be developed in accordance with the Berlin Senate, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection.
The research project has received funding from the IPODI-Marie Curie Fellowship – People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under REA grant agreement no. 600209 (TU Berlin/IPODI).

/ the researcher

Antonella is a registered architect, PhD in Urban Design and soundscape researcher, currently working on her post doc project “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes” at the Technical University Berlin, as an IPODI-Marie Curie Fellow.
She also collaborates with the European Commission Executive Research Agency as an external expert evaluator in the frame of HORIZON 2020.

Antonella was trained as an architect and undertook doctoral studies in urban design at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and at the University of Firenze (IT). She also holds a Master Degree in Architectural and Environmental Acoustics from the University of Roma Tre (IT).
Her research and professional work has been widely awarded: most notably the IPODI-Marie Curie Fellowship for post-doc research at TU Berlin, the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship for doctoral research at MIT, the 2010 National Institute of Urbanism Award for the best Italian dissertation in urbanism. Her last project, Toscana Sound Map, was commissioned for and exhibited at the EXPO 2015 in Milan. In 2012, she was invited to join the team who curated the exhibition held at the Italian Pavilion for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennal.

Since 2009, she has been the curator of Firenze Sound Map included in the Open Data System of the Municipality of Firenze in 2013 by the means of the dataset “Immaterial Cultural Heritage”.

While combining her professional and research practice, Antonella has lectured extensively at the university level for ten years. She has also participated in international conferences and symposiums.