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Dr. Antonella Radicchi


"Through the development of the Beyond the Noise research project, I aim to improve the sonic quality of urban public spaces and to reduce the harmful effects of noise pollution in Berlin areas affected by environmental injustice. The application of the qualitative methodology based on the “open source soundscape” approach, will result in the protection of existing quiet areas and the planning of new ones at the neighborhood scale, thus improving social interaction and oral communication. There would also be a positive impact on the public’s awareness of the sonic environment, and on the spread of the open-data/open-source movement"

"The soundscape is a huge musical composition, unfolding around us ceaselessly [where] we are simultaneously its audience, its performers and its composers." (Schafer, 1977)


Scientific Career

Antonella is a registered architect, PhD in Urban Design and soundscape researcher currently working on her post doc project "Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes" at the Technical University Berlin as an IPODI-Marie Curie Fellow.

She also collaborates with the European Commission Executive Research Agency as an external expert evaluator in the frame of HORIZON 2020.

Antonella was trained as an architect and undertook doctoral studies in urban design at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and at the University of Firenze (IT). She also holds a Master Degree in Architectural and Environmental Acoustics from the University of Roma Tre (IT).

Her research and professional work has been widely awarded: most notably the IPODI-Marie Curie Fellowship for post-doc research at TU Berlin, the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship for doctoral research at MIT, the 2010 National Institute of Urbanism Award for the best Italian dissertation in urbanism. 

Her last project, Toscana Sound Map, was commissioned for and exhibited at the EXPO 2015 in Milan. In 2012, she was invited to join the team who curated the exhibition held at the Italian Pavilion for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - Venice Biennal. Since 2009, she has been the curator of Firenze Sound Map included in the Open Data System of the Municipality of Firenze in 2013 by the means of the dataset "Immaterial Cultural Heritage".

While combining her professional and research practice, Antonella has lectured extensively at the university level for ten years. She has also participated in international conferences and symposiums.




Research interests

  • Soundscape Studies
  • Sensory Urbanism
  • Acoustic Ecology
  • Human geography
  • Open Source & Digital Mapping
  • Media Studies
  • Social Science
  • Smart Cities




Webpages: antonellaradicchi.it opensourcesoundscapes.org

Blog: opensourcesoundscapes.org/e-journal



IPODI Research Project

Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes. Experimenting with a qualitative methodology based on the human voice for the analysis, assessment and planning of urban quiet areas at the neighbourhood scale in Berlin

Duration: 11 April 2016 - 10 April 2018

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel, Faculty VI, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplanung, Stadt- und Regionalökonomie

Abstract: The Beyond the Noise research project focuses on the issue of noise pollution and it aims to apply a qualitative methodology based on the human voice for the analysis, assessment and planning of urban quiet areas at the neighbourhood scale in Berlin.

The methodology is grounded on the “open source soundscape approach”, which implies:

  • a new definition of quiet area as one where social interaction and spoken communication are not disturbed; and consequently
  • the adoption of human voice as a quanti-qualitative indicator;
  • the use of web-based multi-layered maps for the open collection, evaluation and planning of qualitative and quantitative data collected through the pilot study.

The project will be tested through the development of a pilot study in an area affected by environmental injustice in Berlin, and will imply public participation and use of open source tools.

The project has received the support of the Berlin Senate and it will be developed in accordance with the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment.

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