Special Issue "Second Edition of Promoting Healthy and Supportive Acoustic Environments: Going beyond the Quietness"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2023) | Viewed by 18670
Interests: environmental acoustics; soundscape; community noise; noise annoyance; urban planning; environmental design; environmental assessment; landscape design
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One of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic period is the importance of sound in our lives. Urban sounds (or the lack thereof) tell a story of an unprecedented change in our society, traffic reduction has brought the sounds of nature back into our urban centres, and the sounds of our unusually crowded homes made us to be comforted from our nearest and dearest's presence, while leading to challenges in carrying out new activities from home. Notwithstanding the potential impact in terms of conveying information, creating a sense of place, supporting activities, enhancing affective and mental states, “sound” has been traditionally considered as unwanted, and as such as “noise” to be avoided and reduced. Quietness, mainly intended as “lack of loudness”, has been the focus of major environmental agencies and policy makers' action. However, this approach has revealed not successful in improving the quality of life. We may want a quiet, but not monotonous or boring environment, we might want a vibrant, not chaotic environment. This is not just a function of decibel noise level; it is a function of human response to the acoustic environment in the context created by a range of acoustic and non-acoustic factors. While the scientific evidence gathered so far on the impact of sound stimuli on humans has focused on the risks arising from noise exposure, more research is needed towards new approaches for the characterization, management, and design of (indoor and outdoor) soundscapes that support restoration, health, and better quality of life, as well as basic research on (negative and positive) potential health-related, emotional, cognitive, and behavioural outcomes for people.
The Second Edition of this Special Issue aims to gather contributions related (but not limited) to inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to the characterisation of the quality of the acoustic environments; experience of the sound environment during the COVID-19 lockdown; perception of acoustic environments in indoor and outdoor built environments, or soundscapes; impacts of acoustic and non-acoustic factors on human perception of the sound environment; relationship between acoustic environments and positive cognitive and health-related effects; new prediction and modelling methodologies for the acoustic environments and their qualities; mapping and monitoring of sound sources in the built environment; and the relationship between sound, space, and behaviour in the built environment. Contributions from a range of disciplines are welcome, including soundscape studies, noise control engineering, environmental design, social sciences, architecture and urban planning, spatial analysis, environmental psychology, epidemiology, and public health.
Dr. Francesco Aletta
Dr. Simone Torresin
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- environmental acoustics
- indoor environmental quality
- quiet areas
- noise mapping
- urban sound planning
- environmental health
- Quality of Life (QoL)
- Quality of Experience (QoE)