The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet

Tom Scott
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Next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the Buitenschot Land Art Park, a giant set of ridges and furrows cut into the landscape. Yes, it's art: but it also stops some local residents from being exposed to jet noise.
More about the park: www.schiphol.nl/en/schiphol-as-a-neighbour/page/landscape-design-plan-to-combat-noise-nuisance/
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Oct 21, 2019




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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 22 days ago
I got really lucky with the weather and really unlucky with the direction the planes were going.
ArthursHD 17 days ago
Why not grow berries or something else low laying to further reduce the noise?
Samuel Sleath
Samuel Sleath 17 days ago
It would be great if you could make a video about Reykjavik's geothermal heated pavements
Ilhan Babacan
Ilhan Babacan 17 days ago
You were over here for the couple of days it wasn't bloody raining
David Dennis
David Dennis 18 days ago
My hearing is reduced in my right ear by ~90dB at 200Hz. This makes perception of anything in 3D space almost impossible. The unexpected result is I can no longer isolate a conversation out of ambient noise. I’ve lost this ability to cancel out noise sources. It is most frustrating.
Mad ManXBL
Mad ManXBL 19 days ago
Some say this is the highest point in the Netherlands
NOMADdaf 5 hours ago
I see how it works, but I fail to see the art in it.
Brandon N
Brandon N 15 hours ago
My brain does not filter out background noise so well and it sucks
D0wnshift 22 hours ago
As a kid, we moved into a nice house under the approach lane of an airport. It was annoying for maybe a month, multiple airplanes an hour overhead. But after a while we never noticed it anymore.
Chris G
Chris G Day ago
This video is now pure evil with 666k views 😇
Al Guien
Al Guien Day ago
I wanted to see a decibel meter!
I walk my dog here twice a day, it actually serves as a dog park, great to see it included in your videos, its quite unique, i love the place.
Random Citizen
Yay! 2 million subs!!! Congrats, Tom, you're awesome!
B4KU 4 days ago
Damn, i live there and up to day i didn't know why the land shaped so weirdly. Thanks!
ghostpeyton 5 days ago
Tom can you recreate the 2 drums and a cymbal fall off of a cliff with all of your good quality
bigmike1ak 6 days ago
Wouldn’t it work better with some trees or bushes planted on the top of some of those rows?
Elvis Bisanovic
Elvis Bisanovic 6 days ago
Congratulations on 2 Million subs, Tom!
zJoriz 6 days ago
Didn't know that either. You keep finding interesting stuff about my own country I never heard of. Bravo
falconseye97 7 days ago
God damn, I love these videos.
Stephen Hugh Cook
"You know what's great? Hearing. It's like all these waves enter your head an' you know what it is and where it came from. MENTAL!
grimm auld
grimm auld 7 days ago
Congrats for your very recent 2mil
Joshua Sweetvale
Joshua Sweetvale 7 days ago
I used to live just a few miles from here. The sound of jets is home to me.
Venus Kogane
Venus Kogane 8 days ago
Yes yes... Science words...
Clio Stronk
Clio Stronk 8 days ago
I remember this! I grew up in that area, but we lived in a so-called green zone with far less noise (hardly any to be honest). The area in question, Vrijschot-Noord in the town Hoofddorp, is a very posh neighbourhood with some of the most expensive houses in the region. Which explains why it became a priority to fix it. Those people had money, power and patience (and were angry and sleep deprived). I am not so sure if they had searched this hard for a solution if it had been the worker bees of Schiphol who were jet-engined out of their beds instead of the higher management. Fun times
Dr. Pancakes
Dr. Pancakes 9 days ago
I read the title as "The giant art that keeps the planet quiet" and I was like wait so is this landscaping job really important
Luke Hernandez
Luke Hernandez 9 days ago
Congrats on 2 mil!
D4nny 9 days ago
Rather than being the same wavelength, wouldn't they be an odd number of half wavelengths, or in other terms, (2n+1)/2 lambda? Because this way, destructive interference would occur. This is what I was taught anyway.
Josh Denis
Josh Denis 9 days ago
I would love to see you have james may on for game garage. To the power of suggestion! Cheers.
Miquel 10 days ago
1:10 ehm i dont get that with wavelenghts? few centimeters that is frequency of few GHz and 10 or 20meters ?? Thats 28MHz or 14MHz . wavelenghts of audio are much longer than this ( few kilometers actually )
Dog Residue
Dog Residue 10 days ago
i have auditory processing disorder, that filtering job is very, VERY hard for my brain to do. it amazes me that other people can pull it off so effortlessly
Dutch viewer NL
Dutch viewer NL 10 days ago
Please go to the Marker Wadden
Hankorama 11 days ago
Is this like crop circles, except 'way different?
ACE Place
ACE Place 11 days ago
Floris 11 days ago
The Dutch again? 😁
diddy_dante 12 days ago
I live in Amsterdam and I immediately recognized the landscape but I surprisingly never saw this place
Should_A_ Sed_Dis
Should_A_ Sed_Dis 12 days ago
I thought you where going to walk right into the water at :24 hahhaa too bad. It would of been very Monty python-esque
Pieter Visser
Pieter Visser 12 days ago
Planting trees on those ridges would improve the dampening further.
TheKingOfArkel 12 days ago
1:35 kanker polderbaan
Sten Dijk
Sten Dijk 12 days ago
Johnny 13 days ago
John Thallas
John Thallas 14 days ago
Hey why don't they use that type of technology to slow down or stop tornadoes
JbsPekka 14 days ago
Would 20 million trees fit there?
Hunting and cooking channel
OMG! Is it possible to plant 20m Trees...
OWNAGE 956 14 days ago
Your content is great! Keep it up!
d u c k
d u c k 14 days ago
You went to my homeland? why didnt i hear about this sooner.
NorthernDruid 14 days ago
One analogy for how incredible the range of hearing is compared to vision I heard from a friend of mine, is that we only see light in one octave.
ledgeri 14 days ago
Just an idea: If it is shown, or/and allowed, a google maps link would not hurt in this series..
BuildingCenter 14 days ago
This is one of the most surprising and interesting episodes, AND it's blissfully brief. This is a banger. Edit for UK readers: This is not a sausage.
Kavukamari 15 days ago
ive learned i can even do it at 2x speed or more in some cases
pacator17 16 days ago
I live in the Netherlands (the north, so not near Amsterdam or Schiphol). I didn't now this, so thanks for teaching me :)
dieselwelds 16 days ago
Why couldn't you whisper this video so I could filter your voice better?
Justice Warrior
Justice Warrior 16 days ago
So much work when the runway is so far away!! People there are just bitching about a little bit of noise!
Dani 16 days ago
You need to join Team Trees!🎄🌲🎋🌴🌳🎄
Roger Onslow
Roger Onslow 16 days ago
Damping not dampening!
Kalicharan H C K
Kalicharan H C K 16 days ago
Please make a fundraising video on planting 20M trees.
Dallas Herrmann
Dallas Herrmann 16 days ago
Can confirm the brain will filter out the sound of a freight train passing every 20 minutes. Live near a busy rail line.
GTRGTX999 16 days ago
They look just like sound diffraction or diffusion panels used in studios. That’s where the inspiration came from probably.
Deleted 16 days ago
No patreon?
Pure Competizione
Pure Competizione 16 days ago
I think there’s something similar around Auckland airport actually
TheMoneypresident 16 days ago
Plant bushes there. Bet it gets better.
Bicentennial Nagger
I lived on Air Force bases in Europe until I was a teenager. When we moved back to the States, I couldn't sleep well (or even get comfortable) for quite some time because there were *no sonic booms* which were *frequent at most AFBs in Europe,* especially at night. Weird, hunh?
Fedsted 16 days ago
‘Acoustic grass’
Wolfs Rain
Wolfs Rain 16 days ago
Why didn't we do that when George Washington took over the airports in 1776? I'm really not sorry about this either ROFLOL!
LukeBH13 16 days ago
You should do a video on Alsace Lorraine, it is a city on the border of France and Germany that during wars it was in Germany and in the next battle there, it would be in France
DeusVult 16 days ago
LukeBH13 Alsace-Lorraine isn’t a city.
BananaTrolzz 16 days ago
Dude i live right next to that, it's in Hoofddorp. Really unlucky i didn't meet you as i come there quite often.
Jake The Pug
Jake The Pug 17 days ago
please make a video about the plant 20 million trees project
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