Conciliating Traffic with Liveability within an Urban Sound Planning Context

Gemma Echevarria Sanchez
Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen en Architectuur
Vakgroep Informatietechnologie
Interdisciplinair doctoraat
Verzoenen van verkeer en leefbaarheid binnen de context van stedelijke geluidsplanning
Master in Building and Environment Acoustics Engineering, Universidad Politécníca de Madrid, Spanje, 2012
Academische graad
Doctor in de ingenieurswetenschappen: architectuur
Taal proefschrift
Vertaling titel
Verzoenen van verkeer en leefbaarheid binnen de context van stedelijke geluidsplanning
prof. Dick Botteldooren, vakgroep Informatietechnologie - prof. Timothy Van Renterghem, vakgroep Informatietechnologie
voorzitter em. prof. Daniël De Zutter (eredecaan) - dr. Francesco Aletta (Vakgroep Informatietechnologie) - prof. Dick Botteldooren (Vakgroep Informatietechnologie) - prof. Bert De Coensel (Vakgroep Informatietechnologie) - prof. Jian Kang (University College London, United Kingdom) - prof. Luigi Maffei (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Aversa, Italy) - prof. Pieter Pauwels (Vakgroep Architectuur en Stedenbouw) - prof. Timothy Van Renterghem (Vakgroep Informatietechnologie)

Korte beschrijving

Traffic noise is one of the most daunting environmental problems in cities. However, urban planners and architects fail to give attention to this problem. This dissertation contributes to bridge the gap between architecture and acoustics. Three different approaches were used to find architectonic guidelines to improve urban sound quality. 1) Reducing road traffic noise through the modifications of a standard street canyon shape. The sound distribution in more than 70 cases was numerically studied with the full-wave finite-difference time-domain method (FDTD). Certain street configurations strongly reduce the overall traffic noise levels for pedestrians and on building façades. 2) Considering people´s perception of the urban environment and the influence of audio-visual perception. An innovative method was proposed to compare the quality of different urban designs using Virtual Reality technology. The acoustic and visual elements were also assessed. 3) Evaluating the personal differences between individuals to guarantee pleasurable urban spaces for all types of people. The outcomes of this research are presented as guidelines for urban planners and architects to improve the quality of the urban sound environment. An approach to the implementation of the Urban Sound Planning within a smart urbanism is also provided.


Dinsdag 4 september 2018, 16:00
leslokaal Rudolf E. Richter, gebouw 913 Regeltechniek, gelijkvloers, Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 913, 9052 Zwijnaarde

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