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Stephan Moore
Northwestern University
Soundscape design of motorway parkland environments - transformation, cancellation, and ethnography
This paper reports on a practice-led research project investigating the design of parkland soundscapes affected by motorway noise. The project, entitled Acoustic design innovations for managing traffic noise by cancellation and transformation, is funded by the Transurban Innovation Grant. Transurban is a transport infrastructure company operating in Australia and the USA that builds and manages tolled motorways. Car-dependent cities require extensive road networks, and traffic noise can impact those who live adjacent to motorways. We have based our project on three approaches—Cancellation, Transformation, and Ethnography. Research testing along the M2 motorway in Sydney and the Citylink in Melbourne in early 2017 will compare novel electroacoustic environments with community perceptions to reveal new ways for infrastructure projects to include noise management in their planning and design phases. Drawing on early fieldwork and lab tests, this paper includes descriptions of the three methodologies involved and some preliminary observations.
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