The noise from traffic in cities is increasing, while the extension of quiet areas is decreasing. As a result, comfortable sound environments have become elusive, which represents a severe health risk. Despite this, little is known about what constitutes a pleasant sound environment and what it affords people. In addition, designing an acoustically comfortable public space is still a challenge for urban planners and designers, as no sound-responsive strategies are available on how to optimally design a comfortable acoustic environment. The objective of the study for this thesis then was to conduct sound-responsive strategies for the creation of an acoustically comfortable public space and larger public space networks on the outskirts of Frankfurt am Main. The impact of seasonal acoustic conditions on overt user activities was determined and tested for a multiple-case design in a suburban district of this German agglomeration. For this, sound measurements (including decibel and spectral measurements), intercept surveys, observations (including behaviour maps, and photo surveys) were conducted in winter (February 2016), spring (May 2016), summer (July 2015) and autumn (October 2015). The research findings failed to indicate that people appraise lively (pleasant foreground) and boring (unpleasant background) orchestrations as calm environments (pleasant background) –undisturbed by traffic noise. People dispraise chaotic orchestration (unpleasant foreground), as they strongly affect their state of mind. Remarkable was the limited impact of acoustic orchestrations on user activities (behaviour) in the public space over the seasons. The fact that people only dispraise chaotic environments suggests that acoustic comfort can be afforded under various acoustic conditions. One way to escape or to solve the urban noise problem, in part, is through a sound-responsive design proposal that affords various acoustic orchestrations. This way people have access to tranquil spaces undisturbed by traffic noise, as well as opportunities to choose between environments different in character. Keywords: noise pollution, acoustic comfort, public space, sound-responsive design.