Plaza del Sol is a public square in Barcelona that suffers from very high noise pollution. In 2017, neighbours joined to measure just how bad the problem really is.
Over the last few years the Plaza evolved from being a communal public space to becoming a space overtaken by heavy late night drinking, noise and pollution.
On the right there is a live feed of the the noise levels coming from the Plaza del Sol, as captured by the Smart Citizen Kits – and environmental sensor.
The legal averages for the noise levels
in populated urban areas is 65 dB(a)
Exposure to high noise levels for prolonged periods time can cause migraines, vertigo, diziness, anxiety and depression.
Maximum noise level recommended during the day in residential areas. Above this figure, noise can cause damage to health, such as stress or anxiety.
In the evening, the average noise level is above 70 dB A until midnight. We have noticed peaks of more than 85 dB A between 2am and 5am in several occasions.
At 2am in the morning we still find the same level of noise as at 10am in the morning and it is not until 3am when the noise average is quieter than at any other moment of the day.
Plaça del Sol, Barcelona
22nd June 2017
On the 22nd June 2017 – we are taking over the Plaça del Sol with discussion tables and public installations.
Come talk to us about how we can make the public square a better place for all.
The people working for a better public place for all
The ‘Botellon no me deja dormir’ is an intervention by the community of neighbouts in Plaça del Sol taking part in the project Making Sense EU.
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