Sound in Urban Planning

28 September 2022, 15:00 - 18:00

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Join industry colleagues and researchers and discuss how we better integrate expert knowledge on sound in urban planning and design practice.

Limited streaming option of Arnthrudurs Gisladottirs talk:

For sound enthusiasts who can’t make it for this network seminar, we offer a streaming option of the first talk. Please write for a streaming link.

Photo: Daniele Sanutari – Unsplash

Form: Seminar

Date: 28 september 2022

Time:15.00 – 18.00

Place: Niras Green Tech Hub,

            Sortemosevej 21, 3450 Allerød

Price: Free

Language: English/Danish

If you have questions about signing up, please contact Murielle De Smedt,

Speakers & panelists
Participant profile
Acousticians in the consulting industry/engineering, urban planners, architects, researchers, entrepreneurs and sustainability experts

The quality of the urban sound environment, as well as indoor building acoustics, are essential for healthier and more livable urban environments – although the subject is often forgotten or downgraded. How do we strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration between acousticians and urban planners, architects and other partners that are traditionally outside the sound industry? How do we as humans perceive sound and noise? And how do we overcome the dilemmas occurring when sustainable solutions might require further acoustical damping and thus are less cost efficient?

This afternoon, we are setting the scene for field experts, researchers, entrepreneurs, acousticians, urban planners, architects, sustainability experts, and other relevant profiles to mutually inspire each other and discuss the cross-disciplinary work needed for better acoustic conditions in future buildings and urban environments.


Arnthrudur Gisladottir, ph. D, Niras 

Arnthrudur Gisladottir has a PhD degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering. The subject of her PhD was the relationship between architectural design and the urban sound environment, and how expert knowledge of the subject can gain higher status in urban development projects. Arnthrudur is currently working as an engineering consultant within the area of noise and acoustics at Niras A/S, with focus on bringing the knowledge from her PhD studies to practice.

Sonic Citizenship – About messy and fragile relations with sound  

Marie works with a practice-based research approach to sound and listening in various messy, interdisciplinary and shared contexts e.g., in the hospital. The pandemic period highlighted the messy, fragile and troublesome relations we have with sound in our everyday life. It calls for a new dialogue about our everyday sound environments. With a concept of sonic citizenship (Højlund, Breinbjerg & Vandsø, 2021), I suggest to expand the framework for the study of sound that lies in the classical soundscape approach as developed by Murray R. Schafer. Based on examples from my research in the delivery room and nursing home, I want to discuss how Schaefer’s idea of ‘tuning the world’ can be challenged and supplemented by an ‘attuning’ approach. 

Douglas Manvell, Founder and Director of DMdB 

Founder and Director of DMdB, Douglas Manvell has over 30 years’ experience in the business of noise and vibration control applications and solutions, and 20 years specialising in environmental noise standardization, legislation and research in environmental noise, including the EU Noise Policy and associated Environmental Noise Directive. Active in standardization, he is currently chair of ISO/TC 43 “Acoustics”, ISO/TC 43/SC 1 “Noise”, CEN/TC 211 “Acoustics” and DS S115 “Acoustics”, and convenor of the ISO working group on environmental noise assessment. The author of over 60 conference papers, he is also co-author of books such as “Noise Mapping in the EU” and “Uncertainty in Acoustics”. He is guest lecturer at the Danish Technical University as part of their Environmental Acoustics MSc module. 


Liselott Stenfeldt, Team Director and Head of R&D at Gehl

As Team Director and Head of R&DLiselott Stenfeldt is responsible for developing strategic visions and innovative concepts that incorporate citizen-centricity and new models of collaboration, with the goal to guide future urban development. She is driven by her curiosity for how technology can support and make people’s everyday life easier and healthier. How can we collect, process and share data in order to help expose new patterns and unfold hidden communities and social connections in order to create better and more inclusive cities for everyone?  Liselott has more than 10 years work experience in designing interactive sound- and light installations and have for many years managed Interactive Spaces Urban Studio, a part of the Alexandra Institute, in Copenhagen. 

Morten Roar Berg, Saint-Gobain

Martin Hallberg, Efterklang (AFRY)

Mads Bolberg, Rockwool

Morten Melberg, Søuld

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When you participate in this event, your time will be used as co-financing for the Innovation Power Project, which is funded by the Danish Business Promotion Board and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science at a standard rate. Read more about Innovationskraft  HERE.

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