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The art of noise: How soundscaping is shaping development

The noise of cities has been proved to be bad for our health, but what can we do about it, aside from trying to shut it out? Richard Cope and Dr Yiying Hao put the case for creating and embracing sounds that contribute to wellbeing

Guidelines published by the World Health Organisation in October 2018 cite research estimating that at least one million healthy life years are lost each year because of traffic-related noise in Western Europe.

That’s just road traffic – and though that may be the primary source of noise pollution in our living environments, it’s far from the only one.

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