Sound as City Maker


An exhibition about a forgotten component of urban planning

You are warmly invited to the opening of the exhibition ‘Sound as Stadmaker’, on Wednesday 25 April at 5pm at Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam! The exhibition will be opened by Maurits de Hoog, Urban Planner Ruimte en Duurzaamheid City of Amsterdam and Project Manager Urban planning Groot-Amsterdamse-Bos and basic act Sixhaven.

Soundtrackcity and the Centre for Urban Studies of the University of Amsterdam, together with a group of engaged citizens of Amsterdam, have researched the different ways in which sound can make a positive contribution to the urban experience.

The acoustic value of the public space hardly plays a role in urban development. The design of the public space does not take into account how a square or street will ultimately sound. A missed opportunity: a place that sounds good is a place where people like to be.

The challenge is to no longer regard noise as a waste product, as noise or as a burden, but as a raw material. A new urban design takes noise into account as a design tool in the design of the city.

About Soundtrackcity:
Soundtrackcity investigates sound as a fundamental component of our living environment. Interdisciplinary teams of sound artists, citizens and architects listen to the city; together they formulate new concepts and methods for the urban planning of the future.

Soundtrackcity is working with public and private parties on new policy for sounding cities. A good sound environment is an indispensable building block for the city of the future where people like to live, stay and recreate.

Crowdsourcing Mr. Visserplein’ is a research project of Soundtrackcity in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Studies of the University of Amsterdam and twenty Amsterdammers involved. See also: www.soundtrackcity.net/mr-visserplein/