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Weekly Roundup 092 – 26th November to 2nd December


UDC Weekly roundup‘Bridging the gap between architecture/city planning and urban noise control’
Authored by Gemma Maria Echevarria Sanchez, Timothy Van Renterghem, Dick Botteldooren 

This research article shows how SOUND can be an important component in planning and design.A holistic approach is applied to assess the effect of urban design on citizen’s perception of road traffic noise, taking into account pedestrians and the dwellings facing the road. It was found that canyon geometry can have a strong impact on noise levels in the street. More than 60 different façade designs and street configurations have been evaluated. The urban design at small scale also affects people’s perception of the environment, subconsciously influencing their appreciation of the soundscape. As a conclusion, architectonic guidelines are proposed to be used for architects and urban planners to reduce current citizen’s noise problems and to avoid these in future developments. The participation of an “urban sound planner” is certainly needed to include sound in future urban planning as an integral part of the planning and design process.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by INTER.NOISE 2016 HAMBURG.


‘CDMX resilience strategy’
Published by 100 Resilient Cities

mexico-cityMexico City is moving towards resilience.The city faces resilience challenges on environmental, social, and economic issues, given its geographic situation, history of great social-environmental transformation, and social context.

Having once been a lake, the city has become a megacity, one of the most populous on Earth. Rapid urban expansion and soaring population growth in the last few decades have added to the problems resulting from insufficient long-term planning and weak metropolitan and megalopolitan coordination, making it difficult to monitor and track important regional issues such as water management based on a long-term sustainability perspective.

Read the publication here.


‘How public spaces make cities work: Amanda Burden’
Created by TED talk

Public places are the most important component of a city. These are the socializing centers. When a Megalopolis like New York has such huge and diverse population, it becomes more important to devise suitable public spaces. More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it’s important.


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