Spaces of Sounds.
Author: Mete Kutlu
Function: Urban and Architectural intervention
Site location: Villeneuve-Saint-George, France.
University / Institution : ENSA Paris-Malaquais, France
Tutor: Sandra Planchez
Talking City is a manifesto-project on contemporary urban noise pollution. Its objective is to go beyond the biased opinions and explore various efficient and realistic possibilities in urban noise design starting by analyzing what kind of an influence the sounds and the noise have had on the perception of urban space throughout history.
City of flux
The project’s location, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, is a city of flux. The city center is stressed with the traffic of the Seine, the National Road between Milan and Paris, the railroads and the aerodrome of the Orly Airport. As a result, the city suffers at different levels from all these uncontrolled noise sources.
Noise is Good!
Instead of trying to eliminate them at a very large scale, Talking City offers a more realistic approach by using the characteristic sounds of the city for its own well-being. Contrary to what architects are thinking about the noise today, it is neither a negative result of modernity nor an obstacle of the design process. It is an essential part of our society and a very strong and mystical way of perceiving the space. Thus, It is a chance and an advantage to animate the city and strengthen its identity. The project aims to transform the perception of the city from being disturbing and noisy into a city that communicates with its inhabitants.
Through a very thorough analysis of how noise and sound are diffusing in VSG, 10 strategic parts of the city is identified for the installation of punctual interventions that creates a panorama of sound. These interventions use the noise and the sound of their environments in order to create functional and sensational spaces. Thus, the inhabitants are able to form new audible memories and images for each neighborhood through these sound interventions.