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Front Arch Civil Eng Chin    2010, Vol. 4 Issue (4) : 403-417     https://doi.org/10.1007/s11709-010-0091-5
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From understanding to designing soundscapes
Jian KANG()
School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Soundscape represents a step change in the field of environmental acoustics in that it combines physical, social, and psychological approaches. Although the term soundscape was introduced in the 1960s, significant attention to it has mainly been paid in the last decade or so in the community of environmental acoustics by researchers and recently by practitioners including policy makers. This paper explores the current situation and future challenges in soundscape. Starting with a framework on research and practical needs in soundscape and a brief introduction of some recent/current networks, activities, projects, and publications, this paper then presents a systematic review of recent progress in soundscape research and practice. A short review of the soundscape research in China is also given.

Keywords soundscape      environment      sound      design      urban      landscape     
Corresponding Authors: KANG Jian,Email:j.kang@sheffield.ac.uk   
Issue Date: 05 December 2010
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Jian KANG. From understanding to designing soundscapes[J]. Front Arch Civil Eng Chin, 2010, 4(4): 403-417.
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Fig.1  Soundscape framework considering both research and practice facets
Fig.2  Number of internoise papers relating to soundscape in recent years
Fig.3  A taxonomy of the acoustic environment for soundscape studies, showing categories of places (letters in red in boxes in bold lines), categories of sound sources (letters in blue in boxes with dashed lines), and sound sources []
Fig.4  A system/framework of designable factors for the soundscape in urban open public spaces []
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