Sonic inquiry in urban research

Advancing policy analysis and design through sound planning tools



The sonic environment constantly surrounds us, and strongly contributes to give a special atmosphere to every location, a particular ‘sense of the place’, which directly influences the quality of urban environment. This is because atmosphere – the capability of a place to attract or repulse people, to make them feel comfortable or uncomfortable, secure or unsecure – represents the immaterial framework of the living environment and perfectly reflects the effects of every urban transformation.




Understanding how urban atmosphere drives people’s experience of everyday public space, the project aims to investigate its social and political implications through sound, especially in regards to those vulnerable areas dealing with critical urban issues (such as depopulation, segregation, transformation and expiration of local identities), and to those vulnerable citizens who experience social, racial, religious, and gender issues.

The project is developed in collaboration with Università Iuav di Venezia (benefciary home organization) and “Sounds in the city”, McGill University Montreal (partner host organization).



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 881822