practical approaches towards better soundscapes




Sounding Brighton was a series of collaborative projects initiated by the Noise Abatement Society and the Brighton and Hove City Council in 2010. The project explored the positive effects that soundscapes can have on health, well-being, and quality of life.


On October 29, 2011, a soundscape was installed in Brighton’s busiest clubbing and entertainment district. Based on consultation with local residents, the Brighton and Hove City Council, club owners, and a community survey, the installation West Street Story butted soothing ambient noise against the disharmony of West Street’s unruly nightlife. Videos taken from West Street Story trials show people laughing, hugging, and dancing, a departure from the tension otherwise standard along the street. Survey results reported that 96% of passerby felt safe in the city that night, compared to 50% on a usual night.


image _ plan of Brighton site

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