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Role of Soundscape in Urban Regeneration Doctorate

Recent research has shown that soundscapes are important in defining the character of a place or scene and in influencing the perceived quality. Unfortunately, soundscape has not always been a fully integral part of modern urban city planning, where visual aesthetics and material sustainability dominate. Usually only a noise pollution, is considered, which is a small and extreme part of the soundscape. This project will attempt to change this by looking at the impact of soundscape in urban regeneration scenarios. Virtual audio and visual rendering will be used together to create virtual reality (VR) simulations. Human responses to these will then be tested to determine if a significant change of attitude can be effected by changing the soundscape.