More than 1 million people in the Netherlands are affected by noise pollution in their living environment. This includes noise from trains, roads, and airplanes, as well as proximity to industry or busy areas. At the same time, municipalities are desperately searching for new building locations, and space, especially in cities, is becoming scarcer. In all sectors, people are working to find innovative solutions to reduce noise pollution in residential areas and minimize its impact. In this program, Pakhuis de Zwijger maps out this challenge by asking whether and how we can live close to noise pollution. With various experts, we seek answers and solutions to the pressing question: are there ways to create a healthy living environment amidst the noise?

The program starts with a panel discussion on the risks of noise pollution and the various developments currently taking place in the Netherlands. This includes the major construction challenge that has resulted in building residential areas closer to sources of noise.

Next, the program focuses on concretizing the problem and discussing potential solutions with various professionals that make living near noise sources more feasible. The research of Martijn Lugten is also explained in more detail, in which he conducted a two-year study near Schiphol Airport to explore the possibility of better protecting homes from noise pollution.

Questions that will be discussed during the evening include:

  • Why are we increasingly living in noisy environments?
  • What are the risks to people who live in noisy areas?
  • What innovative solutions are available to reduce noise pollution in residential areas?
  • Can we design neighborhoods that are both close to noise sources and livable for residents?

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This event is in Dutch!