The Stereopublic app finds quiet places amid the city chaos, helping us de-stress from whatever's going on in our lives.
The free iOS app, created by Jason Sweeney, got developed after he got stressed in his hometown Melbourne. "As a person who finds crowds quite confronting, I started to think about how we can coexist in our cities, and have that experience of quiet and being individual. It started from living in that city and seeing how my anxiety levels rose from being there," he says.
Additionally, users that discover tranquil spots, can share these on Stereopublic. By using the app’s GPS co-ordinates to record the exact location, as well as record a 30-second sound clip and take a photo to give others a better idea of what it’s like. The team then works with sound experts to create quiet tours of each participating city, which currently includes Adelaide, London, LA, New York City, Singapore and 26 other global cities.
Since launching the site and iPhone app last year, 15 cities in four countries have been "activated," and about 800 places identified. The most popular are in Melbourne, Australia and Sheffield, in the U.K.
Jason's favorite quiet places are not conventional hideaways. "In Adelaide, there's a car park underneath the law library that some people might find creepy or strange," he says. "I like the potential for making comfortable spaces in places like that. I had this whole vision of setting up benches and tables down there, so students could sit down out of the sun."
Stereopublic wants to expand to further cities; Barcelona, Copenhagen and Toronto are next, and create a genuine global quietness map. If you're interested in putting your location on the site, get in touch via the website.