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SILENT LONDON | Simon Elvins

April 9, 2010

Using information the government has collected on noise levels within London, a map has been plotted of the capital’s most silent spaces. The map intends to reveal a hidden landscape of quiet spaces and shows an alternate side of the city that would normally go unnoticed.

We’re used to see maps about noise, e.g the two official-looking sites from England: Noise Mapping England and London Noise Mapping. That’s why we found Elvins‘s proposal about drawing a map of the capitals quietest places quite interesting. Noise levels in London are usually calculated from a three-dimensional computer model of the whole of the Greater London Authority’s area, as a pilot for the national ambient noise strategy and the EU’s Environmental Noise Directive. Using this data, Elvins give us his counter-vision: The Silent London.

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