Exhibition ‘shhh…’

Unveiling the impact of noise in Barcelona

Students of the Master in Data Design show in the exhibition ‘shhh…’ their project of the same name, which is structured around unpublished data on the conflict of noise pollution in Barcelona. ‘shhh…’ visualizes this problem, considered the second most harmful environmental factor for health in Europe, after air pollution, according to WHO data.

The students have developed this work within the framework of the course “Data for the common good”, directed by the architect and exhibition curator Olga Subirós, with the collaboration of the urban planning agency 300,000 km/s. The exhibition is framed within the Model Festival 2023, Barcelona’s festival of architecture, as a space for reflection and celebration.

‘shhh…’ is a multisensory experience that invites visitors to reflection and public debate in order to demand public policies that enable a healthy acoustic environment. The data collected in the project are presented in different audiovisual, sound and graphic formats, such as radar graphics or sound installations. All of them have been obtained from the Barcelona City Council network and from citizens’ complaints to the Guardia Urbana for excessive noise.

With the aim of bringing knowledge about noise pollution to citizens, the exhibition seeks a more critical spirit in citizens through data from the year 2022 of noise levels in Barcelona. The exhibition opens on April 20th and can be visited until June 9th at the Agora hall of Elisava.