We are pleased to be involved in an exciting new University research study called Project DeStress. The research aims to Design and Engineer Soundscapes To enable Restorative Environments for Sustainable Societies. The project engages the public in three UK cities to identify quiet, calm, and tranquil areas. The project will develop guidelines to help local councils identify ‘quiet areas’ that need to be protected as part of the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC. Three case study sites will be examined in detail, producing noise maps and soundscape maps of the site. Virtual environment simulations of the sites will be created to examine the relationship between soundscapes and people’s health and wellbeing; these will be used to enhance our understanding of the need to protect quiet, calm, or tranquil places within our cities.
Jack Harvie-Clark delighted to be on advisory panel
Jack Harvie-Clark is on the advisory panel for the project and will assist in the testing of virtual environment simulations, along with Clive Bentley from Sharps Redmore and Lisa Lavia from the Noise Abatement Society. This will help the research to have useful applications for acousticians, practitioners, and the public. You can get involved by completing the online survey if you live in, or regularly visit, Edinburgh, Sheffield, or Brighton and Hove. There is the chance to join the team as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant or studying for a PhD, with Dr Sarah Payne at Heriot-Watt University. Find out more at the Project Destress website or twitter.