Urban Health Games - Research

Ongoing research projects

 

Urban Design and Mobility

In this funded multidisciplinary research project, we investigate urban design strategies to establish a (multimodal) combination of walking, cycling, public transport and ride sharing as the number one choice of transport in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main area.

Researchers:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Rudolph-Cleff
Dipl.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub Miranda
Dr.-Ing. Björn Hekmati
Gladys Vasquez Fauggier, M.Sc.

In cooperation with:
Design and Urban Development Unit (est)

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Photo: Jana Gregorczyk

Frankfurt Book Fair for All

As part of this urban design research we will develop concepts to improve the urban quality and accessibility for visitors with restricted mobility and cognitive skills, and families with children. We will work on creating an urban master plan inspired by Universal Design concepts with the aim of strengthening the aim of a „Frankfurt Book Fair for all“.

Project team:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
a.o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Hopp
Norwina Wölfel, M.Sc.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Thorsten Stelter, M.A.

In cooperation with:
Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH

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PREHealth

This EU / DAAD Erasmus+ project investigates urban open space and how people’s wishes and affordances can be put into the centre of planning in order to maximize their benefits for health and wellbeing. The main aim of the project is to encourage city dwellers to place open spaces more actively in their lives and daily routines.

Project team:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Dipl.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub Miranda
Gladys Vasquez Fauggier, M.Sc.

In cooperation with:
Utrecht University, PRISMA – Planning and Research Consultants, Szechenyi Istvan University, Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt, City of Athen, City of Győr, City of Eindhoven

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Green and active Schoolyards

This project aims at developing and critically investigating a set of street furniture and vegetation boxes for a local primary school. We hypothesize that our set will have a cooling effect for the schoolyard, invite for physical activity and potentially increase students’ wellbeing. As part of the project, architecture and biology students implement the installations in co design with the primary school children and parents.

Project team:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Dr. Karin Diegelmann
Dipl.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub Miranda

In cooperation with:
Heinrich-Hoffmann-Schule
Department of Biology
INTER/CITY15 (Teaching)
City of Darmstadt
Bauverein AG Darmstadt

Photo: Andreas Kelm

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Third Places

Ziel dieser Forschungskooperation ist es, menschenzentrierte Entwurfsprozesse zu entwickeln, die Orientierung und Navigation fördern und die Aufenthaltsqualität in Einkaufszentren erhöhen.

Project team:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Dipl.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub Miranda
Augusto García-Agundez, M.Sc., Multimedia Communications Lab (KOM)

In cooperation with:
Prof. Constantin A. Rothkopf, PhD, FG Psychologie der Informationsverarbeitung
Joachim Kurkowski, MRICS / HypZert (F)
ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG

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SuIC

The emphasis of Smart und Inklusive City (SuIC) lies on urban planning, participation and the active use – also digital – of urban spaces. It aims to set the parameters in context and to focus planning on the maximum achievable for user groups from a social, inclusive, and demographic perspective. The goal should be a logical, user-friendly = intuitive and flexible planning with many points of intersections and connections.

Project team:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll &
a.o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Hopp as co investigators
Dipl.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub Miranda

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Completed research projects

 

Active Learning Spaces

Ziel ist es, den Einfluss von Schularchitektur auf das gemeinschaftliche Lernen, die körperliche Aktivität und das Wohlbefinden von SchülerInnen besser zu verstehen. In dem Pilotprojekt mit der Heinrich Hoffmann Schule in Darmstadt soll hierfür eine digital-gestützte Methode entwickelt werden, die es ermöglicht, SchülerInnen der 1. bis 4. Klassen besser als bisher in den Gestaltungsprozess einzubeziehen.

Arbeitsgruppe:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Dipl.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub Miranda
Thomas Tregel, M.Sc.
Maria Ustinova, M.Sc.

In Kooperation mit:
Heinrich-Hoffmann-Schule, Darmstadt
Multimedia Kommunikation (KOM)
Entwerfen und Stadtentwicklung (est)

Exposé (German)

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MoMe

MoMe is a context-sensitive mobile application developed as a research tool to assess spatial perception and behaviour in urban open spaces. The prototype records quantitative and qualitative data by making use of the context-awareness of mobile devices.

A collaboration with the research group Serious Games at TU Darmstadt.

Link to publication Exposé

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Where the monsters live

What is the spatial context of daily diabetes therapy in young people? What are relevant locations for playful interventions to learn and improve therapy skills? Goal of this project is to identify urban factors that influence diabetes self-managment and physical activity in young people.Preliminary study and workshop with young type-1-diabetics is being funded by the Stiftung Das zuckerkranke Kind as part of the German Diabetes Foundation.

Project team:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Wagner

In cooperation with:
Prof. Dr. Kristof van Laerhoven, Ubiquitous Computing, Universität Siegen
Dr. Martin Holder, Olgahospital Stuttgart

The project has been funded by the foundation “Das Zuckerkranke Kind” within the Deutsche Diabetes Stiftung (DDS).

Clip of Workshop “Wo die Monster leben” (German)

Link to publication (German)

Perception of Open Spaces

What are factors of the built environment that influence users’ perception of open public spaces? How do they interact with environmental stressors such as noise and traffic? Analysis of morphological factors and survey on stress perception in Darmstadt.

Project team:
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff, Unit Design and Urban Development (est)
Katrin Neuheuser, M.Sc.,Work and Engineering Psychology at TU Darmstadt

In cooperation with:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Vogt, Forschungsgruppe Arbeits- und Ingenieurspsychologie
Prof. Dr. Thomas Cleff, Quantitative Methoden der BWL, Hochschule Pforzheim

Publication on Perception Survey (German)

Publication on analysis using space syntax

Stadtflucht

How can we design environments that invite people to become active? Can a combination of active places and digital media motivate specific user groups? Stadtflucht is a location-based game to explore the Frankfurt Harbour area. The development and research is conducted in collaboration with the research group Serious Games. It has been playtested as part of art initiative evakuieren in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

Clip of Stadtflucht

Exposé Stadtflucht Frankfurt

Linkt to publication (German)

A Gameful Park

Research and concept for a set of playful interventions to connect green spaces in the Rhein-Main area. In collaboration with Regionalpark RheinMain.