/ This website, in a nutshell!

This website is the work of Dr Antonella Radicchi and it provides content related to her research projects and inherited activities conducted in Berlin and beyond (from 20169.

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 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 post 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. She is a Licensed Architect (Board of Architects, Firenze, Italy).
In 2022, she joined Birmingham City University, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning and Sustainability in the Department for the Built Environment and Course Leader of the MA Planning Built Environments.
She is the Principal Investigator of the Hush City project and, from 2021, she acts as Independent Expert for the European Commission D-G Research & Innovation in the Mutual Learning Exercise on Citizen Science Initiatives.
From 2016 to 2022, she was at the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, a HEAD-Genuit Foundation Research Fellow and a Senior Research Associate. In 2019 she was visiting HEAD-Genuit Foundation Research Fellow at the New York University (USA). From 2020 to 2022, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, where she managed the Horizon2020 European Citizen Science project.
Before 2016, she worked in the architecture practice and academic sectors in Italy and the US.

Her work is inspired by a humanist perspective on knowledge for urban planning and driven by a vision of moving towards more sustainable, inclusive and zero-pollution cities, that translates into the real world via four lines of research:

  • Liveability – with a focus on analysing and planning environmental factors for health and wellbeing such as sound, noise, quietness, artificial light and walkability;
  • Digital participatory planning and citizen science – with an emphasis on the development of mobile apps, digital maps and platforms;
  • Sustainability – especially studying theory & practice of sustainable urban models such as the Proximity City and its declination in the X-minute City;
  • Qualitative and sensory research methods, i.e., soundwalks, combined light- and soundwalks.

Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants (e.g., a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship), featured in international media (e.g., BBC Future, World Economic Forum, WIRED), and acknowledged with awards and prizes, including the National Institute of Urbanism (INU) Best Dissertation in Territorial Planning Award.

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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