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Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab: crash course measuring noise

During this crash course we measure noise in the city. We seek out the noisiest and quietest spots in the city centre. By experimenting with sensors we will map different types of noise.

Noise is everywhere. But how can you map sounds and noise pollution in the city? Why is it that certain soft noises are far more irritating than some loud ones? And how do you measure that?

Arnaud Kok of the RIVM will explain everything about sound, noise pollution, and different methods of measuring noise. With this knowledge in hand, we'll be using noise meters for a research expedition in the neighbourhood. We'll be on the lookout for the quietest nook and the noisiest area. We'll collect data as we go and then make a noise map.

Both English and Dutch will be spoken at this event.

There are limited places available for this workshop. Buy a ticket via the link above. Admission is € 5, including a drink.


20:00 - 20:10 Welcome and introduction by Ivonne Jansen-Dings about citizen sensing and about Amsterdam Sounds, a new citizen science project from Waag about measuring noise in the city.
20:10 - 20:30 Arnaud Kok, senior employee at the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) about sound, noise pollution, and sound measurement.
20:30 - 21:30 Measuring noise in the Nieuwmarkt neighbourhood.
21:30 - 22:00 Reflection and discussion about measurement results.
22:00 - 22:30 Drinks and chat.
22:30 - Closing. 

Sound in the city

Amsterdam has been growing steadily over the past few years. The growing number of people in the city reflects not only the population increase, but also the increase in tourists. This has a definite effect on the quality of the living environment and enjoyment of many Amsterdammers. There are now regular news reports concerning noise pollution and the horror of rolling suitcases. How can we map out the extent and nature of this noisy nuisance? What measures can we take to improve the sound experience in Amsterdam?

About Expertise Centrum Geluid (Expert Center for Sound)

The Expertise Centrum Geluid (ECG) offers its knowledge, expertise, and support in the field of sound and noise pollution. As part of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the ECG conducts research and advises and supports governments in the pursuit of a healthy living environment.

About the Smart Citizens Lab

The Smart Citizens Lab programme series consists of workshops, presentations and design sessions aimed at improving and mapping our living environment. What kind of world do we want to live in and what role can technology play in this? We explore solutions that we can influence ourselves. Together, we develop do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) solutions and creative interventions. There is room to experiment, to learn, and to explore what we want and how we can achieve it.




Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam