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Comparing Turkish and European Noise Management and Soundscape Policies: A Proposal of Indoor Soundscape Integration to Architectural Design and Application

Department of Interior Architecture, School of Architecture, Çankaya University, 06530 Ankara, Turkey
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Acoustics 2019, 1(4), 847-865; https://doi.org/10.3390/acoustics1040051
Received: 3 October 2019 / Revised: 30 October 2019 / Accepted: 1 November 2019 / Published: 8 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Indoor Soundscape: Integrating Sound, Experience and Architecture)
Improving soundscape studies and policies states that the soundscape approach, which also considers noise interventions, should replace noise management. However, a considerable number of soundscape studies have been concerned with the quality of acoustic environments of open and urban public spaces. This study focuses on indoor soundscaping and its possible integration into the architectural design and application process. Therefore, the present and ongoing Turkish and European soundscape and noise management policies were evaluated in detail and compared in order to characterize the gap regarding the state of indoor soundscaping between the literature and the policy development level. Furthermore, we identified and classified factors and methods which have an influence on indoor soundscaping to be integrated into the final proposed model. As a result of the detailed evaluation regarding policies and indoor soundscaping principles, five stages were proposed that can be used in an integrated indoor soundscape model: (1) the establishment of a topic specific institution or working group on indoor soundscaping; (2) the preparation of a standard that includes definitions, indoor soundscape factors and methods; (3) the preparation of an indoor soundscape directive; (4) the preparation of indoor soundscape guidelines; and (5) the provision of maintenance and supervision by experts and authorities. View Full-Text
Keywords: soundscape application; soundscape policies; noise management policies; indoor soundscape factors; indoor soundscape methods soundscape application; soundscape policies; noise management policies; indoor soundscape factors; indoor soundscape methods
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ERÇAKMAK, U.B.; DÖKMECİ YÖRÜKOĞLU, P.N. Comparing Turkish and European Noise Management and Soundscape Policies: A Proposal of Indoor Soundscape Integration to Architectural Design and Application. Acoustics 2019, 1, 847-865.

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