Mapping the Smells and Sounds of the Sensory City

Daniele Quercia and Luca Aiello of Bell Labs are pioneers of sensory mapping in cities. They have been able to map smells, sounds, and how people feel on their favorite walking routes.

On the podcast Daniele and Luca discuss why people are so focused on noise instead of sound, the languages of smell and sound, as well as the chromatic layers of smell. They also explain why they believe technology, not urban design, is the key to changing our urban landscapes.

Tune in for a look at whether cities of the future will be able to control your feelings, how smell affects public health, and how people of different socioeconomic status travel about a city.

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