Edda Bild

Contact Information
Email address: 
edda.bild [at] mcgill.ca

PhD in Social Sciences

Current research: 

Research areas: Soundscape studies, sensory studies, public health, urban design, urban studies, public space, urban sound management, noise policy, research design, mixed methods, sound awareness, outreach, education

Montreal nightlife and night noise: collaboration with the City of Montreal (Service for Economic Development / SDE) and Regional Directorate of Public Health / Direction régionale de la santé publique / DRSP (QC)

  • Provide recommendations on how to integrate sound considerations in the Montreal nightlife policy
  • Lead researcher and project manager: ÉcoutezMTL/ListenUpMTL pilot
  • Lead sound researcher: Assumption-Long-Point Milieu de vie study (collaboration with l’Observatoire des milieux de vie urbains – OMV / UQAM)

Soundscape Design course for urban professionals: “Sound fundamentals for professionals of the built environment: a course for city-makers.”

Selected publications: 

Steele, D., Bild, E., & Guastavino, C. (2023). Moving past the sound-noise dichotomy: how professionals of the built environment approach the sonic dimension. Cities, 132, 103974.

Bild, E., Steele, D. & Guastavino C. (2022). Festivals and events as everyday life in Montreal’s entertainment district. Sustainability 14(8), 4559. Special issue on Designing Sustainable Urban Soundscapes

Bild, E., Steele, D. & Guastavino C. (2022). Revisiting public space transformations from a sonic perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of the Built Environment, special issue on Public Space

Di Croce, N., Bild, E., Steele, D. & Guastavino C. (2022). A Sonic Perspective for the post-pandemic Future of Entertainment Districts. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-24.

Laplace, J., Bild, E., Trudeau, C., Perna, M., Dupont, T. & Guastavino, C. (2022). Encadrement du bruit environnemental au Canada. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de politiques, 48(1), 74-90.

Perna, M., Padois, T., Trudeau, C., Bild, E., Laplace, J., Dupont, T. & Guastavino, C. (2022). Comparison of road noise policies across Australia, Europe and North America. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(1), 173

Bild, E., Steele, D. & Guastavino, C. (2021). At home in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles festival district. Journal of Sonic Studies, special issue ‘Sound at Home’.

Steele, D., Fraisse, V., Bild, E. & Guastavino, C. (2020). Bringing music to the park: the effect of Musikiosk on the quality of public experience. Applied Acoustics, 17, 107910.

Steele, D., Bild, E., Tarlao, C., & Guastavino, C. (2019). Soundtracking the Public Space: Outcomes of the Musikiosk Soundscape Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (10), 1865.

Bild, E., Pfeffer, K., Coler, M., & Bertolini, L. (2019). An Exploratory Study on the Influence of Activities on Public Space Users' Descriptions of Their Auditory Environments on Site: The Case of Amsterdam. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 105(3), 449-463

Bild, E., Coler, M., Pfeffer, K., & Bertolini, L. (2016). Considering sound in planning and designing public spaces: A review of theory and applications and a proposed framework for integrating research and practice. Journal of Planning Literature, 31(4), 419-434

Bild, E., Coler, M., Pfeffer, K., Rubin, O. & Bertolini, L. (2018). Public space users’ soundscape evaluations in relation to their activities. An Amsterdam-based study. Frontiers in Psychology (topic: Soundscape Assessment).

Book chapters:
Bild, E., Huijsman, M. & Zentschnig, R. (2020). Sound as city maker: developing a participatory-collaborative process to work with sound as an urban resource. The case of Mr. Visserplein (Amsterdam, NL). In Bull, M. & Cobussen, M. (Eds.) Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies. Bloomsbury Press.

Bild, E., Steele, D., Pfeffer, K., Guastavino, C. & Bertolini, L. (2018). Activity as a Mediator between Users and their Auditory Environment in an Urban Pocket Park: A Case Study of Parc du Portugal (Montreal, CA). In Aletta, F. & Xiao, J. (Eds.) Perception-driven approaches to urban assessment and design. IGI Global.

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