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Jason Sweeney’s Stereopublic Project Crowdsources Quiet Spaces in Busy Cities
Posted By Andrew Michler On June 29, 2012 @ 2:40 pm In Art | No Comments
Cities have always been bustling environments, and with more and more of us living in them it can be difficult to find a quite place to relax or contemplate. Sound Artist Jason Sweeney ‘s winning proposal for the TED Imagining the City 2.0 Prize  is a crowdsourcing project that seeks to locate and map the places that provide silence in the urban din. The Stereopublic Project  will be a public guide for those who crave a retreat from the crowds.
Based in Melbourn’s city center, Sweeney found himself attracted to tucked-in corners, where the city’s sound fades into the background and where the built environment is experienced as a sound environment. Inspired by his own experiences, he’s looking to create a platform where others can geo-tag and share  their favorite quiet space. Sweeney is interested in helping those who are sensitive to noises, with disabilities, or just seeking respite from the constant din of the streets.
The TED City 2.0 prize  will help his team develop a digital tool for crowdsourcing those places, adding a new layer of awareness to the cityscape for its occupants.
Cities are large, complex environments and the project is a unique way to understand the acoustic dynamic of city life . Stereopublic is based on active users sharing their findings, but ironically, the project’s success will likely make those quiet spaces busier, further pushing inhabitants to explore new places. The idea may become a failed experiment if it becomes too successful, but it also very well might help create new venues that improve the “sonic health” of a city — adding a vital resource to urban life.
+ Jason Sweeney 
Images via The Stereopublic Project 
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URLs in this post:
 Jason Sweeney: http://soundslikesweeney.com/
 TED Imagining the City 2.0 Prize: http://inhabitat.com/imagining-city-2-0-wins-the-2012-ted-prize/
 Stereopublic Project: http://www.thecity2.org/stories/41
 geo-tag and share: http://inhabitat.com/old-sfs-interactive-map-displays-san-franciscos-history-in-photographs/
 TED City 2.0 prize: http://inhabitat.com/the-city-2-0-coveted-2012-ted-award-goes-to-an-idea-instead-of-a-person/
 acoustic dynamic of city life: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/allard-van-hoorn-transforms-storefront-for-art-and-architecture-into-an-interactive-instrument/
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