When you enter Switzerland from Chaisso, you will pass corridors of sound reflection shields, followed by tunnels, followed again by more corridors of sound reflection shields.
The newest addition is a corridor at Bissone. What used to be a nice view on Bissone, the lake, Lugano and Campione, is transformed into a corridor in shades of grey with the only attraction a glimpse on the Monte San Salvatore. Especially in the morning light. In the afternoon, standing in it’s own shadow the San Salvatore nicely blends into the background of grey.
I will not argue agains the sound reflection shields. Living near a main route into North Europe must be challenging, but I wonder. Are there any technical constrains when it comes to constructing reflection shields? Do they have to be monotonously grey? Is it a production-time issue such as the first Ford model-T, which was offered only in Black because the other colors took too long to dry? Does the material deform because of the chemicals used in any other color than grey?
And it works two ways. Passing through a city, almost able to see inside the living rooms of the people living there, I am confronted with the hinder I am causing. It takes but a little compassion to slow down, or at least not over-do it too much. These sound reflectors block everything. I do not see the people or area I am causing hinder to. Nothing to hint there are people to consider. Just a depressingly grey corridor telling me to move-on as fast as I possibly can.
Traffic is a problem. Sound is a problem. But with all this time (and money spent), what about trying to inspire creativity? Express joy. Make it interesting, make people want to slow down instead.