The fact that the global population is increasing and more and more people are moving into the cities is nothing new. Population increase and urbanisation go along with discussions about environmental pollution, mobility, and living space. But there is in fact another problem most people don’t pay enough attention to: noise. Within the scope of the Phoenix Design Academy, Malvina Krzywinska regularly reports on trends and solutions.
26 July 2017
Well-being - longing to feel good
Already today, we see a change in everyday behaviour: With regard to the stressful and ambitious life we all know, we increasingly want to look after our health. In this context, people only used to think about a healthy diet, exercise, and a satisfying work-life balance. But more and more, we also develop a certain consciousness of the effects of environmental impact on our health. Industry responds with products intended to minimise or even eliminate this impact. Water and air filters are used to fight against particles often invisible to the naked eye, and they give their users at least a good feeling.
The increasing strain caused by the noisy world we live in, however, doesn't get the attention it deserves. This is a topic that's hard to grapple with. For one thing, people are still not conscious about the ways in which noise exerts a negative effect on them. Then again, there are no particles you could capture, and no filter where you could observe that something has been cleaned.
True, there are products that cancel out sound, i.e. noise cancelling headphones. But what are the effects on us? Will we only get used to the silence? Will the world become more confusing then? Hearing serves important functions. First and foremost, it ensures our sense of orientation and provides in-time danger warning. If we simply switch off these fundamental functions – what will be the consequences?
21 June 2017
Noise as a problem
When many people live and work together in close quarters, the noise level is bound to rise. Sounds have a big effect on our well-being. They change our mood and impact our health – sometimes without our even noticing it. They are always around us, in every situation in life. The effect of the stream of acoustic signals on us may be positive, but also negative. When our evaluation of sound is negative, we call it noise.
Although the evaluation depends on the situation and on personal factors, what stays the same are the effects on human beings, which are still largely underrated. Especially long-term stress on our ears is problematic.
Within the scope of the Phoenix Design Academy, Malvina Krzywinska will deal with “Noise Pollution” in her Master’s thesis. She is studying Product and Transportation Design at the FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences in Graz (Austria) and for the next six months regularly reports on trends and solutions in this area.