PARTICIPATIVE SOUNDSCAPE PROJECTS IN ITALIAN CONTEXTS

One of the main environmental issues affecting modern urban contexts is noise. Consequently, in Europe cities have developed policies and technical actions addressing noise management, mitigation and control by means of noise levels’ reduction. On the other hand, urban and extra-urban areas, not affected by high noise levels, can be characterized by an anonymous sound environment. In other contexts, sounds, that had historically characterized the identity of places, have been gradually lost. Against this background, some experiments of sound enrichment of places have been carried out by the authors in the last years in two Italian cities (Firenze and Pistoia) and the applied methodology is expected to be replicated in the city of Pesaro and in the extra-urban area of the Maremma Park (pertaining to the city of Grosseto). The idea behind these projects is to make the city or the park “sounding” and to collect, by means of adapted soundscape analysis methods based on soundwalks, the responses of citizens attending the spaces regarding the added sonorization.
The project aims to designing and testing methods for contrasting noise pollution without excluding the life sounds that can enrich the perceived quality of public places, believing that an effective acoustic design combined with an aesthetically relevant design can involve citizens to a more conscious and fruitful use of the spaces and their soundscapes.

Authors: Luzzi, Bartalucci, Brusci, Brambilla, Radicchi