A project in Ireland has won the European Soundscape Award 2014 for its work on acoustic planning and urban sound design. The prize, presented by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Thursday evening in Bern, recognises initiatives that can help reduce noise and create healthy soundscapes.
The EEA aims to disseminate stories of successful action in reducing noise pollution through the European Soundscape Award.
The winner of the European Soundscape Award 2014The project Manual for Acoustic Planning and Urban Sound Design (MAP) won the European Soundscape Award 2014. Led by Sven Anderson, an urban acoustic planner at Dublin City Council, the project sought to encourage a deeper level of interest in the urban sound environment both within the city council and among the wider public.
The project included two large public sound installations which are currently being set up at prominent urban locations in Dublin. Continuous Drift is an installation based around four retractable umbrellas that cover Meeting House Square, in Dublin's most popular tourist destination and cultural quarter. The umbrellas act as the backdrop for different sonic atmospheres which can be activated using mobile phones. The second installation, Glass House, listens to films being screened in an adjacent cinema, using their melodies to create a subtle sonic trace that hovers in the public space outside. In addition to the installations, the project included the three-day symposium Beyond Noise and Silence: Listening for the City and presentations at several international conferences.