Towards the integration of urban sound planning in urban development processes: the study of four test sites within the SONORUS project
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

Noise pollution in urban environments is today a major problem affecting inhabitants of many European cities. Reducing noise is therefore a necessity. As a result, many cities now have noise action plans comprising concrete actions to tackle noise issues in affected areas. Nevertheless, these often isolated documents only address existing problems. In order to change this practice an integrated strategy is necessary. A new approach to urban sound planning, a holistic approach, is being developed and tested within the SONORUS project and it is described in this paper. SONORUS, the Urban Sound Planner project, is an initial training network (ITN) that is educating researchers in a whole range of acoustic disciplines, as well as in advanced urban planning processes. An essential part of this training is the application of the holistic approach to real test sites. Although this is an ongoing work, a few innovative techniques were already developed and its application to the test sites resulted in improved urban sound planning tools. This paper promotes the discussion about the implications that the holistic approach might have in urban sound planning policies and how it can be a driving force for changing the noise pollution situation in urban environments.

noise prediction methods


Urban sound planning

noise control and design

holistic urban planning


Sonia Alves

Laura Estévez Mauriz

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Teknisk akustik

Francesco Aletta

Gemma M. Echevarria-Sanchez

Virginia Puyana Romero

Noise Mapping

2084-879X (eISSN)

Vol. 2 1 57 - 85


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