An Open Access Design Tool

The Sound-Frameworks design tool reveals project-specific links between ‘Core Indicators’ and ‘Custom Indicators’ to communicate about the value of sound in the public realm. Users work with preset core indicators (Value, Narrative, Legibility and Integration) and custom indicators including:

Accessibility, Acoustics, Activism, Ambiance, Architecture, Atmosphere, Biodiversity, Building Codes, Climate Change, Commercial Space, Community, Conflict, Crisis, Culture, Density, Ecology, Education, Environmental Acoustics, Equity, Events, Exclusion, Gentrification, Heritage, ICTs, Inclusion, Industrial Space, Landscape, Lighting, Masterplanning, Mobility, Morphology, Music, Nature, Night-Time Use, Noise, Noise Complaints, Noise Regulations, Non-Human Life, Pedestrian Space, Personal Space, Physical Plant, Public Art, Residential Space, Resilience, Redevelopment, Safety, Shelter, Silence, Soundscape, Sports, Sprawl, Suburbs, Sustainability, Tranquillity, Transportation, Vibrance, Waste Management, Water Features, Weather, Zoning.

The tool creates reports that reveal how sound can be integrated within different dimensions of urban design, planning and development. It can be used for developing project guidelines, running workshops or developing project or site appraisals. The project is currently available in a demonstration (beta) version with limited functionality. For tests and demos with Sound-Frameworks’ project lead Sven Anderson, visit the ‘Contact’ page of this website. Alternatively, you can access the current beta version of the design tool here:

Sound-Frameworks Design Tool V0.72 (Beta)

Core Indicators

Core indicators focus on establishing the Value, Narrative, Legibility and Integration of projects involving sound in the public realm.

Custom Indicators

Custom indicators allow users to customise their design tool session to reflect the nuances of their public realm project.


The design tool’s Connections diagram givers users a visualisation of the relationship between core and custom indicators, providing a roadmap to define, communicate and advance sound-related objectives within the specific context of the current project.