Advancing the concepts of soundscapes and soundscape planning
The role and application of the concept of the soundscape, vis-୶is that of environmental noise management, needs elaboration. In noise control, sound is a waste product, managed to reduce the immision of sounds that cause human discomfort. The soundscape approach, by contrast, considers the acoustic environment as a resource, focussing on sounds people want, or prefer. Quiet is not a core requirement for acoustic preference in the outdoor acoustic environment. Core requirements include that soundscape and landscape are congruent, and that wanted sounds in a place are dominant over, or not masked by, unwanted sounds. Soundscape design, planning and management, based on this principle, are a useful augmentation to environmental noise management approaches, expanding the scope of application of the tools of acoustic specialists.
Acoustics 2011- Breaking New Ground. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified