Urban Design with Noise in Mind Symposium

Acoustical Society of America


Friday, April 23, 2010
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

Baltimore, MD, United States

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A one-day symposium entitled "Urban Design with Noise in Mind" will be held Friday, 23 April from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holiday Street. The symposium will be provided by several ASA members and public speakers as a public service to land use planners and the public at large. The morning portion of the symposium will focus on traditional methods used by land use planners to address noise impacts in the urban environment (zoning laws, noise regulations, building design codes, and noise mapping). The afternoon portion of the symposium will include discussion on the use of soundscaping methods to address noise impacts in the urban environment and a soundscape walk through the first Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the USA, the Basillica of the Assumption (which has been recently renovated), a walk through a Prayer Garden recently constructed on the cathedral site at the corner of a busy intersection, and a walk through an historic Unitarian Universalist facility located across the street from the garden. Data concerning sound levels and patron usage of all three facilities will be obtained prior to the symposium to help discuss the acoustic experience found during the soundscape walk. Representatives from the Physics Departments of local colleges and universities and ASA experts on soundscaping and active sound control will be invited to participate in the walk to discuss ways traffic noise impacts can be reduced within the facilities.

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