Welcome to the Hush City app!
With this app, you are an active part of a citizen science research project to map quietness in cities.
Our cities have become increasingly noisier by the hour. Only 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 a few of us. By using this mobile app, you will contribute to making quietness available for all those appreciate it.
Click here to download the Hush City app from iTunes!
Click here to download the Hush City app from Google Play!
This mobile app will help you to identify, access and evaluate “everyday quiet areas” in your neighborhoods. You can find places such as small, quiet spots where you can go to escape the city’s chaos, relax, read a book, play with your kids, and have a pleasant conversation. Chill out!
Join the community. It is simple.
- Go to one of your favorite quiet spots
- Record the sound where you are in the quiet spot
- Take a picture of the spot where you recorded the sound
- Answer the questionnaire about this quiet spot
- Share this information with your community.
Or, use the app to find a quiet spot near to you. Go to it and enjoy spending some time there.
* Please be aware that noise levels measured by the mobile app, may not be entirely accurate, depending on which smartphones are used, weather conditions and other factors.
The HUSH CITY mobile app is part of the research project: “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes” currently under development by Dr. Antonella Radicchi at 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 HUSH CITY mobile app was derived from the concept of the HUSH EXPO app envisioned by Antonella Radicchi for the EXPO Milan 2015. The HUSH EXPO mobile app’s user interface was designed by Antonella Radicchi in collaboration with Roberto Lombardo.
The project: “Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes” 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).
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We believe in open data and we share and promote the open source approach; in this regard the Hush City’s code will be published under a CC license and shared with the community.