Tae Hong Park on Noise Pollution
Brown Bag Discussion Series
Thanks to NYU Steinhardt Professor Tae Hong Park for leading a recent brown bag discussion on noise pollution and quality of life.
As Park explained, New York City has been measured to be the noisiest city on earth. Yet it has historically encountered difficulties when trying to enforce noise codes, either due to the fleeting/immeasurable nature of sound or the vague language of the codes (e.g. “excessive volume”).
In response, Park started the Citygram project in 2011. Citygram seeks to provide a “real-time visualization/mapping system focused on non-ocular energies throughout New York City.” By installing sensors on the 11,412 payphones across Manhattan, Citygram will enable New Yorkers to see which areas of the city are noisiest or quietest at any given time.
To read more about the project, visit the Citygram website here.