Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Sound as a city maker

18Oct2017 11:30 - 17:00


The “Geluid als stadmaker” project is a transdisciplinary endeavor aiming to understand the role of sound as a “city maker” and its potential as an urban resource.

The project documents the process of bringing together various urban dwellers’ experiences of Mr. Visserplein (a small square in the centre of Amsterdam), in a manner meaningful for both decision makers and urbanites. A diverse team of experts – academic researchers, various practitioners and sound artists – thus collaborate with local community members – the local experts – to put sound on the map(s) of planners, architects, designers and policy makers, as well as that of everyday users of urban spaces.

This event reports on the preliminary findings of the project and includes a number of speakers that will analyze Mr. Visserplein using both their personal and professional expertise. It also acts as a platform for discussions on (urban) sound and on strategies for integrating auditory aspects in the process of designing and managing urban spaces, with a focus on Dutch cities.

The project and the subsequent “Geluid als stadmaker” event are organized jointly by Edda Bild (Phd) and Soundtrackcity, funded partly through the Urban Seed Grant program. The Soundtrackcity website has more information about the project and the detailed programme (in Dutch). If you have any questions regarding the programme, you can contact Soundtrackcity through  or 020 4199886.


There is only a limited number of places available, so we will be functioning on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up in advance, this is possible until the 7th of October. The event has an attendance fee of 35 euro, but all CUS members can join for free as long as they sign up for the event and mention they are CUS members. Please be advised that the event is in Dutch.


Reinwardt Academie, Hortusplantsoen 1-3, Amsterdam

The event is organized together with external partners from Soundtrackcity, and partly financed by the Urban Seed Grant from the Centre for Urban Studies. 

Published by  CUS