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Sounds in the City

How do cities sound? You might be surprised what is out there. This module tunes in to how sound affects out daily lives.

Students investigate how sounds affect the urban environment. They use sound mapping to assess the impact of sounds on daily life and discuss how sounds can be mitigated to improve the urban environment.

The starting point of this module is that sounds (voices, sputters, noises, burrs) that surround us in a city might be disturbing or distracting, yet if we pay attention, they can be exciting and interesting, so it is worth examining them. While students are mapping sounds, they learn about the scientific background of sounds and get acquainted with some data about how sounds affect people and their well-being.

Sounds in the City module