/ This website, in a nutshell!

This website is the work of Dr Antonella Radicchi and provides content related to her research projects and inherited activities conducted in Berlin and beyond (from 2016 until 2022).

It is articulated in multiple sections.

  • The Hush City app page gives you information on the free, citizen science Hush City app: you can find links to download the app on both iTunes and Google Play stores. Have you already downloaded the new version?
  • The Hush City map page displays the worldwide map of the quiet areas crowdsourced by the Hush City app’s users.
  • Research redirects you to Dr Radicchi’s main research projects, such as the Hush City Mobile Lab (2018-2020), the Beyond the Noise (2016-2018) and Sound and the Healthy City (2018-2021) projects.
  • Blog is a web page, where you can read newsletters and blog posts featuring research and dissemination activities.
  • The Resources webpage contains a selection of scientific publications and international press coverage featuring Hush City, and additional soundscape and noise resources.
  • The Contact page tells you how to reach out Dr Radicchi. We always value your feedback on our activities and we are thrilled to initiate new collaborations worldwide.

/ Who we are

Dr Antonella Radicchi holds a BA and MA in Architecture with honours and a PhD in Urban Design and Territorial Planning (University of Firenze, Italy) with doctoral studies conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar.

Currently, she works as a Researcher in the interdisciplinary Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences (DISPOC) at the University of Siena (IT).

Before joining the University of Siena, Dr Radicchi was a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning and Sustainability in the Department for the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (UK) where she also served as Course Director of the Master Programme Planning Built Environments.

In 2021-2023, she was appointed as a High-level Expert in Citizen Science by the European Commission D-G Research & Innovation in the framework of the Mutual Learning Exercise on Citizen Science Initiatives – Policy & Practice, where she was responsible for Topic 5 “Scaling up citizen science”.

Between 2016 to 2022 she was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the TU Berlin (Germany), a HEAD-Genuit Foundation Research Fellow at the TU Berlin (Germany) and at the New York University (USA) and a Senior Research Associate at the TU Berlin and at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Germany), where she managed the Horizon2020 Eu-Citizen.Science project.

Since 2017 she has led the Hush City project, acknowledged international prizes and featured in high-level media (e.g., BBC Future, World Economic Forum, WIRED).

Before 2016, she worked in the architecture practice and academic sectors in Italy and the US as a Licensed Architect (Board of Architects, Firenze, Italy, 2006-present).

Dr Radicchi’s research work is informed by a humanist perspective and driven by a vision of co-creating more liveable and inclusive cities via three lines of research:

• Human-environment interaction in public space with an emphasis on sound, artificial light for visual diversity, and proximity;
• Citizen science, participatory planning and citizen-generated data;
• Digital and sensory ethnographic methods, e.g., mobile apps, digital mapping, sensory walks, field recording, photography, and mental mapping.

Across these research areas, she led international research projects, authored over forty publications and taught in Bachelor and Master programmes at Italian, German, US and UK universities.

International collaboration development and networking are two key assets of her academic profile,
which she nurtures by developing collaborative projects with colleagues from academia and professional
practices, presenting at international conferences and participating in research networks.

Beyond academia, she has been committed to scientific outreach to raise public awareness on
environmental sustainability issues by conducting invited public soundwalks and workshops internationally.

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