The Sound Wall Completed: Ready For Testing

The prototype versions of what will hopefully be used to create a sound reducing pocket park along the green corridor is complete. After placing the daub (a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water) on the pallets, we waited till they were dry and installed them in their temporary locations.

First we had materials delivered to us by PCR Contractors, the group building the new engineering building. They gave us a good helping of clay, sand, rocks and a bale of straw.

Then we began to mix.

After the daub was mixed we were able to apply it to the pallets, let them dry, then install them. All went according to plan, now they need to be tested for sound canceling ability.

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New Recordings From The NAFTA Super-Highway

I (Stephen Surlin) had previously done recordings and analysisfrom Huron Church road by the Lebel School of Visual Arts. The audio below is a mix of two recordings: the first is taken from behind the Lebel School where the sound of Huron Church is significantly quieter and even the faint chirping of birds can be heard in the background, the second part is taken from the front of the building by the Lebel Visual Arts Building sign.

The recordings work as a comparative analysis because they were recorded at the same level, therefore the difference in volume comes solely from an increase in environmental noise, rather than gain or attenuation from the recording device, which in this case was a high quality hand-held M-Audio Recorder.

Our team will be able to use this data to figure out what kind of noise we’re working with in the location of our “Pocket Park

Click Here to Listen to The Recordings

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Design Possibilities for the Sound Wall

These are photos of Gaelyn Aguilar‘s ideas for the sound wall entitled “Pocket Park”

Gustavo and Gaelyn have continued to stay in contact with Kevin and me (Stephen). Gaelyn has provided a rendering of the space and how the wall could possibly take form. The wall would be made from the pallets and other found materials we’ve been collecting and the sound absorbing bass traps can also be found around the “Pocket Park”.

After recording the noise that emanates from Huron Church Road, the NAFTA Super-Highway that flows in front of the Lebel School  of Visual Arts, I will be able to isolate certain “problem” frequencies. There seems to be a distinct pattern of resonant frequencies that are multiples of 60 Hz. This allows us to be able to focus on methods and materials that neutralize problem areas like 30, 60, 120, 1800, 8000 Hz.

We have also been able to collect an array of wood materials to build the main structure. We’re going to use different methods to create sound blockage by connecting two pallets and filling the centre with a bass absorbing organic material of some sort, and we will use weaving methods with flexible pieces of wood and etc. Construction will begin on Thursday with the help of Gaelyn and Gustove.

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The Green Corridor Intersession Course

Special Session May 10 – June 21, 2010

We are currently looking for enthusiastic students that are self-starters, independent thinkers and future leaders to assist in the realization of the following projects:

Artist Projects:  Anarcheology Lab

Excavating new narratives of people, places, events and artifacts in the Ambassador Bridge/ Green Corridor area. The goal of this component of the course is to broaden the range of narratives and to create new artifacts, documents and representations specific to these sites. Students will work with representatives of various artist collectives.

DodoLab (Waterloo), www.dodolab.ca

Tug Collective, (Akron, Ohio), www.tugcollective.org

Probosscis (London, UK), www.proboscis.org.uk

Broken City Lab(Windsor),www.brokencitylab.org

Urban Green Space and Organic Gardening

Developing strategies for the implementation of organic food production in the University of Windsor community. Student will work with community partners.

Green Corridor Projects

Green energy production, electric tractor, alternative urban planning strategies, public art, urban landscape transformation, corporate sponsorship, the electric motorcycle, greenhouse design, and fundraising.

A course with real results!

01-27-385-01

Green Corridor Project Room: 135 LeBel Building

University of Windsor, Ontario

Lecture/Lab: Tuesday / Thursdays 4 – 9:50 PM

Contact: Rod Strickland, School of Visual Arts,

strickl@uwindsor.ca www.greencorridor.ca

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Urban Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges

Landscape Architecture specialist Karen Landman will present “Urban Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges” to the public at 7pm on Thursday March 18 at the University of Windsor.

Ms. Landman will address the opportunities and challenges of sustainable living through urban food production while discussing urban agriculture, land stewardship, food systems and urban ‘greening’ projects in other communities.

A professor in Landscape Architecture at the School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph has a background in landscape architecture, planning and development, and cultural geography.  Landman has had a design practice for over 20 years, specializing in planting design. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Ontario Agriculture College Distinguished Professor Award. Her current research interests include green infrastructure, urban agriculture, local food systems, urban to rural linkages, community landscape-stewardship planning, and especially the linkages between design and planning.

Event:

  • Thursday March 18th
  • 7- 9pm
  • Room 115
  • School of Visual Arts, LeBel Building
  • University Of Windsor

(South West Corner of Huron Church Road and College Ave.)

All students and community members are encouraged to attend this event to gain valuable insight into establishing Urban Agricultural Projects for our West Windsor community.

This event is hosted by University of Windsor, Green Corridor in support of the Campus Community Garden Project.

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