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Transforming Motorways' Noise Barriers

A biophilic soundscape system to reduce noise and air pollution and improve livability.

Transforming Motorways’ Noise Barriers brings a holistic and innovative approach to transforming the existing motorways’ noise barriers through a unique low maintenance breathable greening system and a transformation and a biophilic soundscape system. 

Our transformative approach to Motorways’ Noise Barriers will create ecological buffers and corridors to reduce air pollution, transform noise and improve the livability of the surrounding community and drivers.

As ecological buffers and corridors” that encourages biodiversity with its endemic vegetation, addresses habitat fragmentation, negate Heat Island Effect and enjoy better access to the adjacent parks and pathways.

The modular retrofit system will meet the following: 

  1. Reducing Air Pollution: Through dense endemic vegetation to absorb CO2 and other emissions from cars. Using solar panels to power lights on motorways, adjacent parks and paths. 
  2. Reducing Noise Pollution: By transforming and adding an augmented Biophilic Soundscape system that converts disruptive motorways’ noise into a more pleasant sound and augments the subtle sound of the Biota. 
  3. Improving Livability: Through reintegration of biodiversity, dense vegetation and noise reduction, the newly transformed noise barrier will protect the livability of the surrounding community.

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Jordan Lacey
VC Research Fellow
School: School of Design

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jordan.lacey@rmit.edu.au

Dr Jordan Lacey is a transdisciplinary creative practice researcher and DECRA Fellow in the School of Design at RMIT University. He is the author of Sonic Rupture: a practice-led approach to urban soundscape design (Bloomsbury 2016), and various articles, which explore the role of sound installations in transforming urban life. Originally a musician and sound-artist, Jordan has become increasingly focused on the urban environment as evolving into sites-of-encounter that might exceed the typical day-to-day functions of city life. He has produced numerous sound art installations, funded by government and industry partners, that seek to influence approaches to urban design. Recently, he has become interested in posthuman critical theory as a means to question the meaning of being human in a changing world, and the ways in which sonic practices might contribute to this conversation.

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