We are a group of sound artists, technologists, and designers who set a bold vision: 

We believe the designed environment should be adaptable, accessible, and a driver of connectivity.

Public Decibel is currently developing sonic tools to solve placemaking and
urban design challenges for the smart, interconnected city of the next 20 years.

 
 

THE NEW SOUND OF URBANISM

 

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The digital transformation of IoT and Smart Design is reshaping urban life. How do we convert these deep data resources into richer, more efficient experiences? Hearing is our most under-utilized perceptual tool, leaving the door wide open for discovering new experiences and new dimensions of value.

 

A HIGH-POWERED CONNECTOR

The sound of the urban environment is noise-rich but information-poor, and we think it is high time for a re-do.  We envision an urban landscape layered with sounds that are information signifiers, creating colorful urban soundscapes while also helping pedestrians make smarter decisions.  

 

ADAPTABILITY DRIVES CITIES

Adaptive design promotes diversity, which in turn drives the vitality of a city.  Traditional building materials are fixed. Interactive sonic systems are opening the door to a new class of architectural feature. The implications are wide-reaching, from Mass Transit to Tall Buildings and Public Parks.

 

PUBLIC SPACES SHOULD BE OPEN

We believe in a radically open view of urban space, one that is connected to its surrounding social and environmental contexts with seamless flows and inter-woven narratives.  As a space becomes more democratic, we think it becomes more inviting and inspiring to the people who use it.

 
 
 
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NEWS

 

THE ANTI-SIREN

Public Decibel is currently testing the Anti-Siren, a unique acoustic signal designed to improve the delivery of humanitarian aid.  The signal is being played from mobile medical clinics operated by the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in the Republic of Malawi. The signals were developed with the collaboration of Luc Arnal, a neuroscientist at the University of Geneva.  Long range acoustic devices were generously donated for the project by LRAD Corporation.

 

 
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CITY OPEN

Public Decibel founder Jake Harper recently present to the City Open workshop in Chicago's Archeworks.  

 

PERSHING SQUARE RENEW

Public Decibel's The Garden, an interactive sound installation for Los Angeles' Pershing Square, has been featured by Daily VICE. PD has been involved in Pershing Square as part of the Technology Committee, advising on uses of interactive sound in public space with installations and demonstrations of concept.  Interview begins at 3:30, after the segment about ping-pong. 

 
 
 

THE SPOT

Public Decibel has been asked by the Do Art Foundation, Los Angeles, to create a sonic wayfinding and accessibility system for The Spot, a temporary park space coming to DTLA.

 
 

ABOUT

 

Public Decibel was founded in 2015 by Jake Harper.  
An internationally recognized sound artist in his own right,
his work has been exhibited and performed, among other places, 
at the Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; New Museum,
New York; and the National Gallery of China, Beijing.