DAAD Symposium City Sounds City Atmospheres

Lappin, S. (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


The auditory legibility of urban habitats and their atmospheres.
Symposium on auditory urban research

keynote talks by Sam Auinger, Peter Cusack and Dietmar Offenhuber,
with Gernot Böhme, Maren Hartmann, Johanna Just, Sarah Lappin, Juhani Pallasmaa, Peter Payer, Birgit Schneider, Holger Schulze.

In the mediatised spaces of daily life, we have become accustomed to understanding information as something abstract, explicitly coded and symbolically legible. However, beyond the ever-present digital representations that surround us, the city presents itself sensually und physically. The sound of spaces, places and squares creates atmospheres that often influence us without our notice, but are difficult to articulate. The symposium and workshop explore the auditory atmospheres of Berlin and how cultural techniques and practices of listening can help to understand places and critically reflect on urban processes.

With this symposium, the German Academic Exchange Service would like to provide international and interdisciplinary discourses in order to demonstrate a new readability of the city. Current and former DAAD fellows in the disciplines of architecture, urban planning, musicology, design, psychology and environmental sciences are given the opportunity to expand on their own research with experimental approaches to urban practice.
Period14 Jun 2019
Event titleDAAD Symposium City Sounds City Atmospheres
Event typeConference
LocationBerlin, Germany
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • sound and architecture
  • recomposing the city
  • architecture