Sound and Cities: Designing for a Better Future

Is our blaring modern soundscape harming our health? Cities are noisy places and while people are pretty good at tuning it out on a day-to-day basis, our sonic environments have serious, long-term impacts on our mental and physical health. But while cities have more noise laws than ever, over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, experiencing way too much noise.
Join experts on architecture & design, environmental research and music composition as we discuss how sound impacts everything from productivity and attention to physical well-being. Leave with ideas on how to design for a better sonic future in our urban communities.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Joel Beckerman

Man Made Music

Kate Wagner

McMansion Hell

Dr. Erica Walker

Boston University School of Public Health

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