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The Vibrational Nexus of a Brussels Railfield in Transition

Urbanism practices in Brussels are insufficiently concerned about the quality of its public sonic environment. Within the context of public space development along the railway line, urban sound is dominantly discussed with a negative connotation. From the perspective of the project developers and authorities the health and peace of the future public space should be guaranteed. Conflicts over social noise nuisance are dealt with preventively and repressively in the short term, at street level. However, exploring the sonic struggles from the perspectives of involved young people and social professionals and sound artists, opens up the debate towards creative sonic approaches. In line with Steve Goodman’s theory on sonic warfare (2009), the Ph.D. research project will address the need for a (re)vision of the position and role of sound in public space development in a context of urban transition. Understanding an urban area in transition as a nexus of sonic and vibrational possibilities, encourages a review of the role and position of sound and vibration in the design of transitory processes for public railway park/places along the line L28, Brussels. Building on the work of avant- garde artists, urban (sound) researchers and designers, the Ph.D. Research Project develops a design and performative perspective on auditory and vibrational interactions of the transforming L28- railway area, as a step towards a critical sonic approach to urban transition.
Date:17 Oct 2018  →  Today
Keywords:Brussels Railfield
Disciplines:Architectural engineering, Architecture, Interior architecture, Architectural design, Art studies and sciences