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Title: Perception of urban park soundscape
Authors: Tse, MS
Chau, CK 
Choy, YS 
Tsui, WK
Chan, CN
Tang, SK 
Keywords: Woods national monument
Road traffic noise
Community response
Path-analysis
Open spaces
Annoyance
Quality
Environment
Preference
Cities
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
Source: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Apr. 2012, v. 131, no. 4, p. 2762-2771 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 
Abstract: A number of studies have been initiated to explore how to improve the soundscape quality in urban parks. However, good soundscape quality in parks cannot be provided without a thorough understanding of the complex relationships among sound, environment, and individuals. As acoustic comfort is considered to be an important outcome of soundscape quality, this study investigates the relative impacts of the factors influencing acoustic comfort evaluation by formulating a multivariate ordered logit model. This study also explores the inter-relationships among acoustic comfort evaluation, acceptability of the environment, and preference to stay in a park using a path model. A total of 595 valid responses were obtained from interview surveys administered in four parks in Hong Kong while objective sound measurements were carried out at the survey spots concurrently. The findings unveil that acoustic comfort evaluation, besides visual comfort evaluation of landscape, also plays an important role on users’ acceptability of the urban park environment. Compared with all the studied acoustic related factors, acoustic comfort evaluation serves as a better proxy for park users’ preference to stay in urban parks. Hearing the breeze will significantly increase the likelihood of individuals in giving high acoustic comfort evaluation. Conversely, hearing the sounds from heavy vehicles or sounds from bikes will significantly reduce the likelihood in giving a high acoustic evaluation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/6628
ISSN: 0001-4966
DOI: 10.1121/1.3693644
Rights: Copyright 2012 Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America.
The following article appeared in Tse, M. S., Chau, C. K., Choy, Y. S., Tsui, W. K., Chan, C. N., & Tang, S. K. (2012). Perception of urban park soundscape. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(4), 2762-2771 and may be found at http://scitation.aip.org/content/asa/journal/jasa/131/4/10.1121/1.3693644.
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