Our monthly soundwalks are usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12 pm to 1 pm. These 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 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
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.
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.
Landscape Architect | Urbanist
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 was 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 Fellow of the Landscape Institute (FLI), a Design Council Expert and has a Master in Urban Design. Sarah is a UK Ambassador of Hush City and founder of Bristol Soundwalks and co-director of the Association of Collaborative Design.
Jameson has a passion for sound, design and engineering and has approximately 3 years of acoustic consultancy experience at Stantec UK, across mostly the residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors. Jameson enjoys keeping up to date with current research relating to soundscape design for urban areas and intends to contribute to the research space. Jameson is an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics. Jameson's interest in sound walking stems from a yearning to explore and learn more about the perceived acoustic environment within Bristol, as part of understanding how we can use holistic design methodologies to improve the well-being of citizens within urban areas
Victor is an acoustic consultant with over 15 years of experience both in the UK and internationally. During this time, Victor has worked on hundreds of projects providing ‘good acoustic advice’ to public bodies and private developers to reduce environmental noise impact and improve buildings' acoustic conditions. Victor is a full member of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and some of his projects have been awarded by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC).
Victor is passionate about the impact that positive soundscapes can have on people’s health and wellbeing and embraces soundwalks as a great tool to make the public aware of the importance of our sonic environment.
Urbanist | Researcher | Inventor of Hush City App
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.
Zoe Banks Gross
Sustainable Neighbourhoods | Activism | Environmentalist
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 grassroots 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.