15 June 2017
In recognition of the growing influence of technology – specifically the Internet of Things – Foster + Partners was highly commended for its Listening to London project at the AJ100 awards. The practice has developed a low-cost, portable noise monitoring device that allows ordinary people to collect and visualise local information about the sound around them, to share this information with their neighbours and others, and to have a basis for informing policy that might shape their community.
The jury saw the “ingenuity and potential of the new lo-fi, low-cost tool to monitor and visualise local noise patterns.”
Working in partnership with Wandsworth City Learning Centre, London Southbank University and Noise Abatement Society, these devices will now be deployed to schools around the borough, offering school children a focal point for exploring the relationship between sound and wellbeing. The proposal will also create a soundscape of London that can inform planning and design at neighbourhood level, thereby benefitting local communities. Given the low-cost of the device, the project is easily scalable and will provide a more human-centred understanding of noise patterns than those typically required for planning. Knowledge from the project is already informing the practice’s work in masterplanning smart cities and providing valuable real-world data to validate analysis and enhance simulation capabilities.
In addition, Foster + Partners topped the AJ100 for the sixth year in a row and, Norman Foster was once again named as the architect whose work is deemed most inspirational to the top 100 architectural practices surveyed this year.
Notes to editors:
- Published annually since 1995, the AJ100 surveys architectural practices in the UK, offering a snapshot of the profession over the previous calendar year.
- The AJ100 Awards recognise the achievements of the largest 100 architectural practices in the UK based on survey results; the Clients’ Choice Award is presented at the jury’s discretion.
Listening to London:
- The project has recently secured funding worth £10,000 from Things Connected, a programme of the Future Cities Catapult.
- The practice began deploying connected devices for noise measurement and gathering data in the summer 2016.
- The pilot project continues with over 1200 hours of acoustic data collected from 20 devices.
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