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BDS to jointly host Urban Design and Noise Symposium May 19, 2009



WHEN: May 19, 2009 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave Portland Oregon 97204, 2nd Floor Main Auditorium

REGISTER: Download the registration form from the Acoustical Society of America at

ASA website screenshotThe Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in conjunction with the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services is holding a day long Symposium on the topic of good urban design and construction approaches to limit the impact of noise pollution on the health and livability of communities.

We are reaching out to other government officials, planners, architects, university professors, interstest citizens and engineers. The hope is to commence one of the first multi-discipline dialogs on the topic here in the United States. The Bureau of Development Services and the ASA are pleased to be able have this conversation in Portland where one of the first comprehensive Noise Control programs was developed in the mid 1970's by Dr. Paul Herman.

This day long event will cover a broad range of topics including some of the following:

  • A perspective on the political or governmental needs to address noise as a growing health issue in cities;
  • A panel of enforcement officials, including Dr. Paul Herman, discussing the challenges in writing effective zoning and noise code language;
  • Perspectives on building site and design to address noise impacts;
  • An overview of the GIS/ NOISE MAPPING approach for communities to develop long term planning and other solutions to community health concerns regarding noise;
  • And finally an afternoon session offering an exploration of a new approach to addressing noise impacts in an urban setting through the use of "SOUNDSCAPING".

The discussion of SOUNDSCAPING, or using other sounds and approaches to create a more pleasant urban auditory environment, will be lead by Professor Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp from the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering in Berlin, Germany.

The Acoustical Society of America worked with the American Planning Association's AICP professional arm to be able to offer CM's for this symposium. 6.95 CM's will be available to APA members.

Please take a closer look at the attached flyer for additional details.

The ASA is working to keep the cost minimal ( $25.00 ($15.00 for Students) if registered by May 8, 2009 - $30.00 ($20.00 for Students) after May 8, 2009 and at the door) to attend this Symposium. This includes lunch and local coffee from a variety of local roasters throughout the day. Everyone involved in pulling this event together is hopeful that this will be the beginning of a larger dialog among the many disciplines and government agencies that can help the United States to return to an era , such as it was in the 1970's, when our country was a leader in addressing Noise Pollution.

If you have general questions please call the Bureau of Development Services Noise Control Office at the City of Portland at (503) 823-7350.


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