Atkinson, R, Ecology of Sound: The Sonic Order of Urban Space, Urban Studies, 44, (10) pp. 1905-1917. ISSN 0042-0980 (2007) [Refereed Article]
Copyright © 2007 by Urban Studies Journal Limited.
Sound provides an often-ignored element of our conceptualisation of the urban fabric. The power of music, sound and noise to denote place and demarcate space is used here to develop the idea of a sonic ecology. The paper attempts to map the relative order of this unseen city and to theorise its spatial and temporal patterning. The sonic ecology, a relatively persistent and chronologically ordered quality to sound in urban space, is used as a means of examining the distribution of sound and to weigh the broader social impact of these qualities. The ambient soundscape of the street is made up of a shifting aural terrain, a resonant metropolitan fabric, which may exclude or subtly guide us in our experience of the city, thus highlighting an invisible yet highly affecting and socially relevant area of urban enquiry.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Group:||Human Geography|
|Research Field:||Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)|
|Objective Division:||Law, Politics and Community Services|
|Objective Group:||Community Service (excl. Work)|
|Objective Field:||Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified|
|Author:||Atkinson, R (Associate Professor Rowland Atkinson)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||44|
|Deposited By:||Sociology and Social Work|
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