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Sensory urbanism

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30 March 2017

Episode 285

30 minutes


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How can we improve the way we interact with our cities? This week we explore a ‘sensory’ waterfront in Seattle, hop on a smelling tour of Austria’s capital and ask if Lisbon is tackling noise as it should.

30 March 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

What is sensory urbanism?

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We know it is imperative to constantly rethink our urban environments and how we experience them but how are we tailoring our cities to our senses?

6 minutes

Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Seattle’s waterfront

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For hundreds of years, Seattle’s waterfront has been tricky to get to, with industrial buildings and cruise-ship terminals blocking views of the water. Now, the city has a plan to change the sensory experience of the waterfront.

5 minutes

Chapter 3

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A smelling tour of Vienna

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There’s more to cities than meets the eye – at least that’s the idea behind the smelling tour of Vienna. Participants are encouraged to sniff kebabs, breathe in the sweet aroma of chocolate wafers, experience the sour whiff of beer brewing and much more.

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Chapter 4

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Does Lisbon have a noise problem?

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Bars open until 03.00, tourist tuk-tuks speeding through the streets, amplified music everywhere and constant, under-regulated building works. While new laws are now limiting late-night music in the city’s venues, some feel these are not enough to curb the Portuguese capital’s sensory onslaughts.

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