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 management plan; and in the Design Tools Kit – a digital report on how to protect existing “everyday quiet areas” and planning new ones.
Click here to read a research article about the project.
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: M.A. Michael Jäcker-Cüppers (DEGA, TU 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

Dr. Radicchi’s main area of expertise encompasses innovative urban design and planning, soundscape research, citizen science and mobile technology. In this regard, her ultimate goal is to design environmentally just and human scale cities.
Dr. Radicchi is a registered architect and she holds a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Territorial Planning, with doctoral studies conducted at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and at the University of Firenze (IT).
Dr. Radicchi is currently Ipodi-Marie Curie Fellow at TU Berlin Institute of City & Regional Planning, where she has envisioned and run two innovative soundscape projects, such as the “Hush City” app, a citizen science tool for empowering people to identify, map and evaluate quiet areas worldwide.
Her research and professional work on soundscape has been widely awarded.
Most notably: the HEAD-Genuit research grant to set up the Hush City Mobile Lab at TU Berlin, the Ipodi-Marie Curie Fellowship, the nomination as Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year 2016 (finalist), the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, and the National Institute of Urbanism Award for the best Italian dissertation in urbanism, then published as a monograph. Her project, Toscana Sound Map, was commissioned for and exhibited at EXPO 2015 in Milan.
While combining professional and research practice, Dr. Radicchi has lectured extensively at the university level for ten years and participated in international conferences and symposiums. Dr. Radicchi also collaborates with the European Commission Executive Research Agency as an external expert evaluator and rapporteur in the framework of HORIZON 2020.