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Noise, Quietness, and the Healthy City Workshop 4/24

NYU hosts noise and soundscape experts + soundwalk

Quiet areas have positive impact on community healthNote: Registration for this event is closed.

In celebration of the 24th Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on April 24th, New York University will be hosting a day-long workshop, Noise, Quietness, and the Healthy City. The public is invited to to take part in this free educational event featuring talks, discussions, an opportunity to receive hearing screenings, and a soundwalk in the Washington Square Park area.

Those interested in attending are required to RSVP using the link below. You can join us for the full day of activities or select just the ones you’d like to participate in.

For inquiries and directions, please email inad2019nyu@gmail.com or contact Prof. Tae Hong Park at 212-998-5730.

Noise and soundscape experts sound off on key issues

Noise, Quietness, and the Healthy City is designed to inform and update you on information, data and policies pertinent to noise, quiet areas, and their effects on community health. Topics covered will include:

  • What exactly is noise pollution?
  • How does noise affect urban environments, population health, and local economies?
  • What reduction measures and strategies is NYC implementing?
  • What are quiet urban areas and what state-of-the-art measures exist for their identification and protection?
  • What is the “soundscape approach” to noise pollution? Why does it represent a citizen-driven paradigm shift?
  • What are the tools and resources available to take action and contribute to protection of quiet areas in cities?

Invited speakers include (in alphabetical order):

  • Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice-President and Director of National Programs, The Trust for Public Land
  • Arline Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board member, GrowNYC
  • Nancy Nadler, MED, MA, Deputy Executive Director, Center for Hearing and Communication
  • Tae Hong Park, Ph.D., Professor at New York University and Chief Architect of Citygram
  • Antonella Radicchi, Ph.D., TU Berlin Soundscape Researcher, HEAD-Genuit Foundation Fellow and inventor of the Hush City app
  • Charles Shamoon, Esq., New York City Department of the Environmental Protection (DEP)

Schedule

Antonella Radicchi to lead soundwalk in Washington Square are April 24, 2019The workshop will involve a full day of community engagement through talks and discussions as well as outdoor soundscape exploration sessions. The morning talks will be followed by an early afternoon soundwalk around the Washington Square Park area. The soundwalk will be followed with a group discussion on data collected from the soundwalk and access to the CHC Mobile Unit offering hearing screenings and sound demos.

New Yorkers participating in the soundwalk will be guided by our team to listen to Greenwich Village soundscapes with a focus on quiet areas along a predetermined pathway. Participants will also be invited to take part in a citizen-science research project and use the free Hush City app and Citygram app to measure, capture, map, and evaluate precious quiet areas around the NYU.

Timetable

9:45 – 10 AMWelcome and Introduction
10 AM – 12 PMInvited Speakers (20 min talks)

Arline Bronzaft, GrowNYC
Nancy Nadler, Center for Hearing and Communication
Charles Shamoon, NYC Department of the Environmental Protection
Adrian Benepe, The Trust for Public Land
Tae Hong Park, New York University & Chief Architect of Citygram
Antonella Radicchi, TU Berlin, HEAD-Genuit Found. Fellow & Hush City app inventor

12 – 1 PMOne-hour break for Lunch
1 – 2:30 PMIntroduction to the Soundwalk and Soundwalk
2:30 – 3:30 PMBreak and Hearing Screening at the CHC Mobile Unit
3:30 – 4:30 PMGroup discussion of soundscape data via Hush City app and Citygram app
4:30 – 5:00 PMWrap-up: Concluding remarks and future plans

Event Information

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 24th from 9:45 AM to 5:00 PM at the NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012, 7th floor, Feldstein Immersion Room.

The Soundwalk meeting point is at 1:00 PM sharp at the Founders Memorial in the NYU Native Woodland Garden, on the east face of the NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York, NY 10012.

ACCESSIBILITY: This event will be accessible to people with hearing loss. Google Slides will be used to caption the program and FM listening devices will be available for those who wish to use a headset or wear a loop that will work with your hearing aid’s t-coil.

For inquiries and directions, please email inad2019nyu@gmail.com or contact Prof. Tae Hong Park at 212-998-5730.

Organizers and Collaborators

CHC's mobile hearing unit offers free hearing screenings throughout NYC

CHCs Mobile Audiology Unit

Noise, Quietness, and the Healthy City is organized by Antonella Radicchi, Tae Hong Park, and Arline Bronzaft as part of the NoiseGate Festival launched in 2016 to explore noise as a community-driven, data-driven, art-driven, 3D effort. This workshop will celebrate International Noise Awareness Day (INAD), and it has been made possible with the support of (in alphabetical order):

  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC)
  • GrowNYC
  • HEAD-Genuit Foundation
  • New York City Department of the Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • New York University (NYU)
  • NoiseGate
  • Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin)
  • The Quiet Coalition
  • The Trust for Public Land

The Center for Hearing and Communication is pleased to be taking part in this unique educational experience recommended for New Yorkers concerned about city noise and its impact on quality of life.

International Noise Awareness Day

International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) was founded in 1996 in New York City by the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) with the aim of raising awareness about noise effects on hearing, physical and mental health, and overall well-being of people worldwide. Noise constitutes the second most harmful environmental stressor and, despite being often overlooked in public health debates and agendas, excessive noise exposure constitutes serious health risks and high societal costs as indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Text Source: https://wp.nyu.edu/inad/worskhop2019/