Author: thequietcity



  1. Aratani, Lauren. “Which blare project: noisy New York ponders switch to gentler sirens.” The Guardian. 22 February 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/22/new-york-sirens-noise-police-fire-ambulance
  2. Behind City’s Painful Din, Culprits High and Low
    1. Multimedia: http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/quiet/index.html#/photos/brooklyn_bridge/ and related article: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/nyregion/behind-citys-painful-din-culprits-high-and-low.html
  3. Havana’s Symphony of Sound
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/travel/havana-cuba.html
  4. Many Pleas for Quiet, but City Still Thunders
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/13/nyregion/many-pleas-for-quiet-but-city-still-thunders.html?action=click&contentCollection=N.Y.%20%2F%20Region&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article
  5. To Create and Quieter City, They’re Recording the Sounds of New York
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/07/nyregion/to-create-a-quieter-city-theyre-recording-the-sounds-of-new-york.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=nygeo-promo-region&region=nygeo-promo-region&WT.nav=nygeo-promo-region
  6. Dear Architects: Sound Matters 
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/arts/design/sound-architecture.html?_r=0
  7. Mapping New York’s Noisiest Neighborhoods
    1.  https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/mapping-new-york-noise-complaints
  8. Which blare project: noisy New York ponders switch to gentler sirens
    1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/22/new-york-sirens-noise-police-fire-ambulance
  9. Another reason to love Passive House: It’s Really Quiet:
    1. https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/another-reason-love-passive-house-its-really-quiet.html
  10. Fetterman, Mindy. “Seeking a Quiet Place in a Nation of Noise.” Pew Online. Stateline. 16 April 2018.
    1. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/04/16/seeking-a-quiet-place-in-a-nation-of-noise


  1. Altmann, Jurgen. “Acoustic Weapons – A Prospective Assessment.” Science & Global Security. 2001; 9:165-234. http://scienceandglobalsecurity.org/archive/sgs09altmann.pdf
  2. Bernardi LPorta CSleight P. “Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non-musicians: the importance of silence.”
  3. Bodin T, Björk J, Ardö J, Albin M. Annoyance, sleep and concentration problems due to combined traffic noise and the benefit of quiet side. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015;12(2):1612–1628. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4344683/
  4. Hammer MS, Swinburn TK, Neitzel RL. 2014. “Environmental noise pollution in the United States: developing an effective public health response.” Environmental Health Perspective. 122:115–119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307272


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  2. Boutin, Aimee. City of Noise: Sound and Nineteenth Century Paris: Studies in Sensory History. Champaign. University of Illinois Press. 2015
  3. Goodman, Steve. Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear. Boston. The MIT Press. 2012
  4. Graham, Chedd. Sound: from communication to noise pollution. New York. Doubleday. 1970
  5. Laurence, Ray. “The sounds of the city: from noise to silence in ancient Rome.” Senses of the Empire: Multisensory Approaches to Roman Culture. Edited by Betts, Eleanor. London. Routledge. 2017.
  6. Li, Qing. Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness. New York. Viking. 2018.