Green space, soundscape and urban sustainability: an interdisciplinary, empirical study

  title={Green space, soundscape and urban sustainability: an interdisciplinary, empirical study},
  author={Katherine N. Irvine and Patrick Devine-Wright and Sarah R. Payne and Richard A. Fuller and B. Painter and Kevin J. Gaston},
  journal={Local Environment},
  pages={155 - 172}
This paper addresses two typically separate issues contributing to urban quality of life: increasing noise levels and declining quality of public green space. Drawing from environmental psychology, ecology and acoustical methods, this interdisciplinary research studied the soundscapes of three green spaces in a UK city through interviews with 70 park users, the measurement of habitat and recording of sound levels. The data reveal a prevalence of mechanical sounds and a hierarchy of preference… Expand
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