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8:30am Workshop: Animating Pedestrian Zones in the Sonic Dimension

November 18, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Pedestrianized areas are on the rise as public spaces – they can become landmarks for the city when they work well, or they can become heavily politicized scapegoats when they don’t. One aspect of these places that is never discussed is how they sound to visitors and whether sound can play a role in its outcome. For our event, we’re gathering experts on planning, design, and soundscapes for an engaging discussion.

Each project begins when we remove the largest source of noise – the traffic. Reducing noise is great for health and quality of life, but that noise might have been serving a purpose. In a large city park, the silence is calming, but traffic noise can offer steady masking and, thus, a form of privacy, in other contexts; without it, we could be creating “awkward silence”. Is this the appropriate ambiance? A vibrant pedestrian area needs to make sound that reflects the culture and activities of the area at all hours of the day.

A workshop for Montreal’s urban planners and designers with a focus on knowledge co-creation. Invited guests include soundscape and design experts from McGill, Germany, and beyond:

International Guests:
Lisa Lavia, Managing Director, Noise Abatement Society, London, UK.
Jochen Steffens, PhD, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Andre Fiebig, PhD, Head Acoustics, Germany
Martijn Lugten, PhD Student, Cambridge University, UK & NLR Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory, the Netherlands

For more information on the event and for registration:  McGill Innovation Week 

8:30AM -7:00 pm
8:30 AM: Coffee Welcome
9:00 AM: Opening remarks: Katja Melzer, Goethe-Institut
9:10 AM: Introduction, Sounds and the City, with Daniel Steele and Catherine Guastavino
9:30 AM: Soundscape building blocks #1, Soundscape and activities with Daniel Steele
9:45 AM: Lisa Lavia – Soundscape interventions in Brighton; Soundscape building blocks #2, Soundscape and public art
10:30 AM: Coffee Break
10:45 AM: Andre Fiebig – Soundscape and psychoacoustics measures; Soundscape building blocks #3, Sound quality
11:30 AM: Jochen Steffens – Shaping sonic experiences in urban environments; Soundscape building blocks #4, Using water features
12:15 PM: Romain Dumoulin – Soundscape building blocks #5, Music for public space
12:30 PM: Lunch (Provided)
1:30 PM: Audio demonstrations in CIRMMT laboratories, Florian Grond and Romain Dumoulin
2:00 PM: Presentation of Montreal Site

  • Pierre Sainte-Marie – Projet Promenade fleuve-montagne
  • Hélène Benoit – Projet rue Saint-Paul
  • Romain Bonifay – Projet rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Breakout sessions with soundscape design exercises  (français disponible)
Facilitated discussion, Christine Kerrigan, Alioop Design
5:30 PM: Public Lecture: The Future of Soundscape in Cities

  • Jochen Steffens – Experience sampling of soundscape
  • Andre Fiebig – Neunerplatz soundscape design
  • Martijn Lugten – Soundscape through drawings
  • Lisa Lavia – Managing aggressive behavior with soundscape

6:30 PM: Closing Discussion
7:00 PM: Closing Reception

For more information, please contact info@sounds-in-the-city.org

Time: 8:30 am- 7pm Date: November 18, 2016
Location: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)
527 Sherbrooke St. W., 8th floor, Room A832


November 18, 2016
8:30 am - 7:00 pm


Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)
527 Sherbrooke St. W., 8th floor, Room A832
Montreal, QC Canada
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