Catalogue of Soundscape Intervention

What is a soundscape intervention?

The term “soundscape”, as it has been established in the area of acoustic ecology, characterizes “acoustic environment as perceived or experienced and/or understood by a person or people, in context”.1 A soundscape intervention is a site-specific design to preserve or improve a soundscape. There is a broad variety of interventions conceivable to design soundscapes, ranging from micro-scale actions in specific locations like a park, to interventions on a large-scale, referring to a whole city quarter. Soundscape interventions are related among other things to a reduction of unwanted noise, to the introduction of pleasant sounds for masking purposes or to the preservation of soundmarks that embody a local identity.

What makes a soundscape intervention unique from a noise control measure is that it goes beyond reducing noise levels, to instead promoting or improving the quality of a soundscape as a whole. At the end, a combination of different types of soundscape interventions are frequently applied to achieve a significant impact on residents and soundscape visitors.

1 ISO 12913-1:2014

SEA ORGAN IN ZADAR, CROATIA

SEA ORGAN

The sea organ in Zadar, Croatia was implemented in April 2005. Promoted by local authorities and businesses, it is a permanent installation, attracting residents and tourists on a regular basis.

In the audio example you can hear the sounds created by the pipes of the Sea Organ.

SHEAF SQUARE IN SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM

SHEAF SQUARE

This installation at Sheaf Square in Sheffield, United Kingdom was implemented in 2006. Promoted by residents and local authorities, it is a permanent installation, attracting residents as well as tourists.

In the audio example you can hear the sounds created by the water installations at Sheaf Square.

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"This soundscape is soothing." vibrant." inspiring."