Tranquillity in the City: A Preliminary Assessment in Christchurch

John Pearse , Greg Watts , Wan Yin Lim

New Zealand Acoustics, 26(3), pp.5- 11 . (2013).

This paper describes a preliminary evaluation of tranquillity in four contrasting parks in Christchurch. A prediction tool for tranquillity which has been successfully used elsewhere was employed for this purpose. Results show a wide range of tranquillity ratings. A park located near a motorway had the lowest tranquillity rating though a square in the CBD was predicted to have only slightly higher levels on this measure. Factors that had affected tranquillity ratings are considered together with suggestions for remedial measures.