Managing the urban soundscape
The aim of the paper is to present actions related to the management of the sound quality of landscapes. The author tries to answer the following research questions: how to increase the value of soundscapes, what instruments to use, who should be involved in the management process? The article is based mainly on an analysis of the available literature and internet websites. The author examines the protection of quiet areas as well as the acoustic design of public spaces. The empirical part of the paper includes an analysis of surveys concerning soundscapes in the city of Lublin. Sound quality management is associated with the participation of the society in the process. What is essential in this process is the cooperation between academic circles and local governments. An opportunity for creating a new quality of soundscapes is provided by the inclusion of acoustic design and protection of quiet areas in urban policies. What is necessary is an integration of measures indicated by the author with spatial planning, revitalisation, environmental protection, culture, sports and education. Management of sound quality is a challenge for cities related to the concern for quality of life and to the creation of a friendly image.