6pm at The Building Centre, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT
This talk is free to attend but booking is essential. Registration will be from 6.00pm and the talk will start at 6.30pm.
Matthew Harrison, Buro Happold Engineering
Jason Flanagan, Flanagan Lawrence Architects
Colin Grimwood, director CJG Environmental Management
Jian Kang, professor of acoustics at UCL Bartlett
Lisa Lavia, managing director, Noise Abatement Society
We tend to see the City as a huge physical presence dominating our conscious experience. But often it is the non-visual stimuli – the invisible aspects of the city – which have a greater impact on the well-being on those living and working there. Sound and vibration are often forgotten in this equation, perhaps because they seem to be an uncontrollable by product of city life. However the soundscape of a city is changing all the time. In his biography of London, Peter Ackroyd describes the 18th century din of industry in the city. These days this has mostly been replaced by transport and air-handling plant noise. It is predicted that this might change in the future; not only the type of noise but also its timing as we slowly move towards a 24-hour city. But there are things we can control through regulation, engineering and design. We are starting to understand and quantify the benefits a less disruptive City soundscape would bring. And we can also shape and direct sound for creative and positive benefit. So should we be giving this aspect of our cities more attention? A panel of experts discuss the brave new world of sound in the city…