Characterization of the urban sound environment from commercial pedestrian streets: a first approach in São Paulo- Brazil.
* Presenting author
Environmental noise management is in progress in Brazil, and São Paulo was the first city to establish the mandatory implementation of its noise map in 2016.The law regulation is under development by the city council, and to respond to the technical challenges that will be faced, different studies are being carried out as there are no environmental noise calculation models or standards for Brazilian cities characteristics. One of the main issues to be solved will be how to incorporate the mesh of commercial pedestrian streets on acoustic simulations. In this study a pilot study was carried out at “Calçadão de Osasco”, a pedestrian street in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, with a high crowd density, packed with shops and street traders, very representative of the local soundscape. Different techniques of field measurements and soundscape evaluation are applied to propose a first characterization. It is evaluated how this proposal can be incorporated to prediction softwares and aims to inspire the study of the urban sound environment of commercial streets in Sao Paulo.