Metrics of Unrest: Building Social and Technical Networks for Heathrow Noise

  • Christian NoldEmail author
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This chapter describes Christian Nold’s research with Hubbub, which started with working around Heathrow Airport in London and encountering the way local people are affected by the noise there. To understand the controversies concerning the impact of aircraft noise at Heathrow, it is necessary to understand the way technical metrics can systematically exclude the experience of local people. Christian seeks to address this exclusionary combination of technology and politics by building a new noise-monitoring network for Heathrow that engages equally with the social and technical aspects of noise and sees them as fundamentally intertwined.


Airport Interdisciplinary London Participatory Prototype Sound 

Further Reading

  1. Le Masurier, Paul J., Bates, J. Taylor, I. Flindell, D. Humpheson, C. Pownall, et al. ‘Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England (ANASE): Final Report for Department for Transport’. Norwich: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 2007.Google Scholar
  2. Nold, Christian. ‘Micro/Macro Prototyping’. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Transdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Computing 81, issue C (2015): 72–80.Google Scholar
  3. Nold, Christian. Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection [‘Heathrow Noise’]. Accessed 27 June 2016.
  4. Stewart, John, F. McManus, N. Rodgers, Weedon, V. and A. Bronzaft. Why Noise Matters: A Worldwide Perspective on the Problems, Policies and Solutions. Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Earthscan, 2011.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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