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Integrating Soundscape Criteria in Urban Sustainable Regeneration Processes: An Example of Comfort and Health Improvement

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TECNALIA Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA), Energy, Climate and Urban Transition Unit, Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edificio 700, 48160 Derio, Spain
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Deusto-Psych, Health Psychology R&D&I Unit, Unibertsitate Etorb. 24, 48007 Bilbo, Spain
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Academic Editors: Jooyoung Hong, Bhan Lam and Marc A. Rosen
Sustainability 2022, 14(6), 3143; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063143
Received: 12 January 2022 / Revised: 18 February 2022 / Accepted: 1 March 2022 / Published: 8 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Designing Sustainable Urban Soundscapes)
This paper reports an example of an urban sustainable regeneration process in a small open square following the soundscape approach in urban design and involving a transdisciplinary team. The renovation of this urban public space brought changes in its acoustic environment and improved soundscape perception as much more pleasant (enhanced comfort). The rehabilitation broadened the use of the square and enhanced users’ wellbeing and health, showing a significant positive impact of sound: reduction in negative emotions and perceived stress while increasing positive feelings. To conclude, the implications of the results about restorative environments in urban sound planning and future areas of research are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban design; soundscape approach; open public spaces; acoustic comfort; restorative environments; psychological impact of sounds; urban sound planning urban design; soundscape approach; open public spaces; acoustic comfort; restorative environments; psychological impact of sounds; urban sound planning
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Herranz-Pascual, K.; Iraurgi, I.; Aspuru, I.; Garcia-Pérez, I.; Santander, A.; Eguiguren, J.L. Integrating Soundscape Criteria in Urban Sustainable Regeneration Processes: An Example of Comfort and Health Improvement. Sustainability 2022, 14, 3143. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063143

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Herranz-Pascual K, Iraurgi I, Aspuru I, Garcia-Pérez I, Santander A, Eguiguren JL. Integrating Soundscape Criteria in Urban Sustainable Regeneration Processes: An Example of Comfort and Health Improvement. Sustainability. 2022; 14(6):3143. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063143

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Herranz-Pascual, Karmele, Ioseba Iraurgi, Itziar Aspuru, Igone Garcia-Pérez, Alvaro Santander, and José Luis Eguiguren. 2022. "Integrating Soundscape Criteria in Urban Sustainable Regeneration Processes: An Example of Comfort and Health Improvement" Sustainability 14, no. 6: 3143. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063143

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