Our monthly soundwalks events have an overarching aim to begin to engage in conversations with partners and the public about noise pollution (quiet, ambient, loud, damaging, and persistent) in the City of Bristol whilst contributing to the open data academic research Hush City led by Antonella Radicchi at Berlin TU.
We want to create a quiet map of Bristol linking with Bristol's Legible City project, with the potential of guiding future use, development and regeneration to positively impact on the future health of the city, people and nature.
*Please check Twitter account as sound walks are subject to weather conditions and meeting points may change
Who we are
We are a group of residents of Bristol who have a background in Acoustic Engineering, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture want to explore the quiet route and spaces of Bristol. We are contributing as part of a citizen science programme, to the Hush City App , an international research open data research. We are also contributing to Bristol City Council's noise pollution data as part of Bristol's Legible City.
An adopted Bristolian for the last 15 years, runs a practice Landsmith Associates which focuses on people and nature-led landscape and urban design projects, processes and policy. Her particular expertise’s is developing public health-led strategies, masterplans and regeneration schemes. She wants to make cities healthier and quieter places to thrive and work in.
She has been invited as a speaker for various conferences including NHS Forest, Public Health England, Healthy City Week, Landscape Institute and assisted in workshops held by the Architecture Centre ‘Shape my City’ programme. She is the Chair of the Landscape Institute South West In 2018 she was selected by the Design Council as Leading Women in Design. Sarah is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI) and has a BA (Hons) and PGDipLA in Landscape Architecture and a Master in Urban Design. Sarah is a UK Ambassador of Hush City and co-founder of Bristol Soundwalks. @LandsmithAssocs
Formant was set up in 2018 by Paul Driscoll. Paul has been working in the acoustics industry since 2005, leading acoustics teams on major projects for BDP Acoustics and Ramboll Acoustics. Paul’s background as a musician and teacher provides a unique skillset to communicate intangible acoustic concepts in a clear and simple way.He is a member of the Institute of Acoustics and co-founder of Bristol Soundwalks
Alice applies her design thinking across landscape architecture and urban design to advance biophilic design and sustainable architecture at Mcgregor Coxall. Motivated by new challenges and experiences, Alice has developed regenerative streetscape schemes to positively impact health and wellbeing. Her ambition is to develop urban environments that are holistic and human centred in their design.
Dr. Radicchi’s expertise encompasses cities, integrated urban design and planning, soundscape research, environmental noise and quiet areas, urban commons, qualitative research methods, participatory practices and tools, like soundwalks and the citizen science Hush City app. Her ultimate goal is to make our cities quieter and healthier places to live in.
She is currently a senior researcher and a HEAD-Genuit Foundation fellow at TU Berlin Institute of City & Regional Planning, where she leads the Hush City Mobile Lab.
Radicchi is a registered architect and she holds a PhD in Urban Design and Territorial Planning, with doctoral studies conducted at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and at the University of Firenze (IT).Dr. @firenzesoundmap
Zoe Banks Gross
After working as an environmental scientist for 15 years, Zoe shifted to working in the community sector five years ago. She’s passionate about social justice, health, and sustainability, and how these intersect. Her work focuses at the grass roots level to empower people to take action about their home, street or neighbourhood. She also works closely with city and national partners to connect our programme to wider initiatives, and she often represents and promotes the work of KWMC and Bristol. @ZoeBanksGross
Why we do soundwalks
In Europe, over 125 million people are affected by noise pollution from traffic every year. Noise pollution is the second most harmful environmental health risk in Western Europe, according to the World Health Organisation (2011). Along with the negative impact on our health, well-being and quality of life, noise pollution’s annual social cost us approximately in England is £7 to 10 billion (DEFRA, 2014)
Bristol is rapidly expanding; we need to retain, improve and create quiet routes and spaces within the city to protect and enhance the health of people and nature.
Through raising public awareness of noise and health in the city through our soundwalks; we will then upload our data and findings (and encourage the public to continue to do the same) into the open source Hush City app collecting qualitative and quantitative data related to people’s favourite small, quiet spots in the city.