Urban Design and Sustainable Mobility Systems

Project Description

Mobility systems are closely connected to people’s quality of life, economic opportunities and carbon footprints. In this funded research project, a multidisciplinary team seeks to develop 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. Our focus is on investigating new concepts for less car-dependent neighborhoods, more walkable and cycable streets and mobility hubs that are more inclusive to specific user groups such as young people, families and senior citizens. Prospective students will join the research team applying established spatial analysis tools such as GIS and Space Syntax with new people-centered design methods such as interview walks, smartphone-based data collection and on-site studies of pedestrian behavior.

The project is supervised by Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll.

Background in urban planning or transport planning

Have a look into our research interests on

  • http://www.stadtspiele.tu-darmstadt.de/digitale_stadtspiele/digitale_stadtspiele_2.en.jsp
  • http://www.stadt.architektur.tu-darmstadt.de/stadt/start_est/intro.de.jsp
  • Ralph Buehler, Wolfgang Jung & Andrea Hamre. “Planning for Sustainable Transport in Germany and the USA: A Comparison of the Washington, DC and Stuttgart Regions.” International Planning Studies Vol. 20 , Iss. 3, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13563475.2014.989820
  • Martin Knöll, Katrin Neuheuser, Thomas Cleff & Annette Rudolph-Cleff. “A tool to predict perceived urban stress in open public spaces.“ Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science (SAGE Publications), Januar 2017. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265813516686971

Additional Information

Capacity Two IREP students
Project available until end of Dec 2020
Credits 18 ECTS