Soundscape cost index: a case study in Aachen
* Presenting author
Soundscape studies are showing the importance and the benefits regarding the sonic the environment in our daily lives. Through the soundscape paradigm shift, not just negative aspects, common on environmental noise studies, are highlighted, but also how the sonic environment can be recovering to the welfare of communities. Thinking of the valuation of environments, past studies focused mainly on how much the environmental noise does cost for the society. This kind of valuation followed several methods like hedonic pricing, contingent valuation, and benefits transfer methods, which are based just on economic factors involving socio-economic aspects. The aim of this study is to show a new approach which fits better with the soundscape paradigm shift, highlighting the valuation of positive and negative aspects of the evaluated soundscape, together with the interaction of socio-economic and socio-cultural aspects, as well as aesthetics, thermal-comfort and, air quality, which are other stimuli who can influence our general environmental perception.