Musical Cities represents an innovative approach to scholarly research and dissemination. A digital and interactive 'book', it explores the rhythms of our cities, and the role they play in our everyday urban lives, through the use of sound and music.
Sara Adhitya first discusses why we should listen to urban rhythms in order to design more liveable and sustainable cities, before demonstrating how we can do so through various acoustic communication techniques. Using audio-visual examples, Musical Cities takes the 'listener' on an interactive journey, revealing how sound and music can be used to represent, compose, perform and interact with the city. Through case studies of urban projects developed in Paris, Perth, Venice and London, Adhitya demonstrates how the power of music, and the practice of listening, can help us to compose more accessible, inclusive, engaging, enjoyable, and ultimately more sustainable cities.
This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Musical Cities ebook for free in PDF format (11.0 MB).
Table of Contents
Why do we need Musical Cities?
The city as a rhythmic composition
Listening to urban rhythm
Why rhythm matters
A rhythmic approach to urban design
How can music help?
How to compose Musical Cities
Epilogue: Rhythmic Urban Design Guidelines