How Will Cities Sound In The Future?

Sound helps define our urban experience. Photo: Lachlan Ross

Sound is such an important part of how we experience urban life. Can we design our cities of the future to be more acoustically alluring?

Those that can afford to, live quietly.

Planning more mixed-use neighbourhoods and enabling more flexible working could have big noise benefits.

A new air-con unit is bought every 4 seconds in India.

Sound can be changed in real time, adding reverberation, or tweaking decay, strength, clarity and warmth.

A sound wave at the right frequency and wavelength, will counteract the sound waves of an unwanted noise.

Who gets to decide this sonic future?

Futures for cities, places, & real estate. Professor of Practice in City Futures, Cardiff University; Chair, Building with Nature @thepmadden