Urban Sound Planning
URBAN SOUND PLANNING IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE, UNITED KINGDOM
The approach of urban sound planning aims to balance the needs of the tourist and nighttime economy against the demands of residents for the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of residential areas and improved soundscape. Promoted by the SONORUS Group, Dr. Harry Witchel, the Brighton & Hove City Council Environment Improvement Team and Noise Abatement Society (NAS), this permanent installation is enjoyed by residents, toursits, commuters, workers and students.
Brighton & Hove, a dynamic seaside city in the UK with a flourishing tourist and nightlife economy, is facing noise issues in urban planning. The City Council have made many efforts to promote Urban Sound Planning as a credible discipline in designing and managing its public spaces, alongside the more traditional inputs to the planning process. With support from the UK’s Noise Abatement Society, Brighton and Hove City Council implemented some of the local strategies for urban sound planning in different urban areas.
Valley Gardens Project – City Council integrates urban sound planning in its public realm development projects.
West Street Story – Manage a chaotic and sometimes violent part of the city by approaching sound planning.
Brighton Beach Tunnel – Using well-planned soundscapes to improve public behaviour, health, and enjoyment of a specific context.
Bartholomew Square Alley – Use of sound and light to create a safer and interesting public route
Providence Place Gardens – The integration of soundscape assessment into a regeneration project