What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
I started thinking about the sounds of Philadelphia when I left last year’s Fast Forward and heard the birds in the trees across the street. They were noisy and hidden in the leaves, but were a significant part of that evening’s experience. What are the other sounds of the city, and how do they affect us and define Philadelphia?
This talk will observe the sounds that define Philadelphia’s soundscape, the effects that noise has on humans and other living beings, and how we can understand and live with the realities of life in the city.
Finally, I will propose changes that we can make to enhance our lives and celebrate the bond between humans and other living systems in Philadelphia. By balancing natural and human sounds, we can create pleasing soundscapes of incredible diversity and complexity in our urban biophilia.