Soundscape provides a new framework to measure and assess sound that more accurately reflects how it is perceived by the listener in context. Soundscape treats sound as an environmental resource and noise as a waste by-product due to lack of soundscape management, to improve the sound environment around us.
Noise Abatement Society Soundscape Movement development in the UK
Since 2009, NAS has worked proactively alongside a global group of acousticians, scientists and expert practitioners within the ISO TC43/SC1/WG54 soundscape International Organization for Standardization committee and as a member of the British Standards Institution to produce this new acoustic standard and gain acceptance for soundscape practices globally. Part one of the standard which was published in late 2014 (BS ISO 12913-1:2014) and implemented into British Standards (BS 4142:2014). Part 2 of the Soundscape standard (ISO/PRF TS 12913-2) establishes data collection and reporting requirements.
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A selection of publications featuring NAS’ pioneering soundscape work include:
Handbook of Research on Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design (2018)
Wherein NAS was lead author on Chapter 4 “Non-participant observation methods for soundscape design and urban planning”
Soundscape and the Built Environment (2017)
Wherein NAS was lead author on Chapter 10 “Applied Soundscape Practices”
Soundscapes of European Cities and Landscapes (2013)
An e-book of the four year EU COST Action TD0804 by the same name, on which NAS was a management committee member.