Urban acoustic screens
Research Project , 2013 – 2018

In larger cities, high noise levels from road traffic is a large and growing environmental problem. Acoustic screens are often perceived as physical barriers and aesthetically unwanted, which hinders their use for traffic noise reduction in urban environments. The long-term aim is to significantly reduce the exposure to high noise levels from road traffic noise, for housing environments and recreational areas. The goal is to develop and disseminate a concept for low urban acoustic screens for road traffic noise, incorporating acoustical, architectural and practical aspects. We expect that the proposed project will contribute to the Swedish environmental quality objective ´A Good Built Environment´ by applying the resulting noise measures at new locations. Through the development of models, prototypes and finally a new screen, we plan to give knowledge as well as practical solutions to reduce road traffic noise in cities.


Jens Forssén (contact)

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Applied Acoustics

Bart van der Aa

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Applied Acoustics


Stockholm University

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholms stad

Stockholm, Sweden

Tyréns AB

Stockholm, Sweden

University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack)

Stockholm, Sweden

Z-Bloc Norden AB

Färjestaden, Sweden



Project ID: 2013-03049
Funding Chalmers participation during 2013–2018

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Building Futures (2010-2018)

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