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

Antonella Radicchi is a life enthusiast–people, cities, soundscapes, and new digital media are her passions. She calls Berlin home while she works on her “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes” project at the Technical University Berlin.

She is a registered architect and has a Ph.D. in Urban Design, with doctoral studies conducted at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and at the University of Firenze (IT). She collaborates with the European Commission Executive Research Agency as an external expert evaluator in the frame of HORIZON 2020.
Dr. Radicchi’s research and professional work has been widely awarded, most notably: the IPODI-Marie Curie Fellowship, the nomination as Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year 2016 (finalist), the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, the 2010 National Institute of Urbanism Award for the best Italian dissertation in urbanism. Her project, Toscana Sound Map, was commissioned for and exhibited at EXPO 2015 in Milan.
Since 2009, she has been the curator of Firenze Sound Map, which was included in the Open Data System of the Municipality of Firenze in 2013. While combining her professional and research practice, Dr. Radicchi has lectured extensively at the university level for ten years and has participated in international conferences and symposiums.
In 2017 she has launched Hush City app, a citizen science project, to push the boundaries of knowledge and to promote the environmentally just city.