Accessible Hubs
International workshop on Universal Design in urban mobility

8th and 9th November 2018

Mobility hubs can play a pivotal role in providing equal access for people with specific mobility needs. The workshop will look into the design of intermodal mobility hubs (public or private places where passengers and cargo can change between different modes oftransportation). Hubs are evolving to address current changes towards digitalization, sharing economies and multimodal lifestyles. The term Accessible Hubs highlights that accessibility should be in the centre of this development.

The scientific objectives of this international workshop are:

  • To identify urban design factors hindering further implementation of accessibility in mobility systems.
  • To gain a better understanding of guiding principles suitable to co create, implement and assess accessibility in mobility hubs.
  • To identify new alliances that will research and implement concepts of accessibility in urban mobility systems with regards to changing physical, social and digital affordances.

Last update: 6 November 2018

8 November 2018

  • 09:00 Registration
  • 09:30 Welcome
    Anett Maud Joppien, TU Darmstadt
    Martin Knöll, TU Darmstadt

Session I:
What are Accessible Hubs?
Moderator: Marianne Halblaub Miranda, TU Darmstadt

  • 10:00 Keynote
    Hansel Bauman, Gallaudet University, Washington DC
    Moving Experience
  • 10:45 Coffee Break, Kuhle Coffee Shop
  • 11:00 Presentations
    Stefanie Brehmer, University of Kassel
    Smart Hubs
    Peter Eckart / Julian Schwarze, Offenbach University of the Arts
    Mobility Design and Access for All
    Martin Lanzendorf / Andreas Blitz, University of Frankfurt
    A social science perspective
  • 12:45 Panel Discussion
  • 13:15 Lunch break, UHG | R 140

Session II:
Why do we need Accessible Hubs?
Moderator: Christian Rosen, TU Darmstadt

  • 14:15 Keynote
    Marten Wassmann, Benthem Crouwel Architects, Amsterdam
    Mobility Enhancement
  • 15:15 Presentations
    Anna Bornioli, University of the West of England, Bristol
    Frank Burkert, Ernst & Young, Hamburg
    Access and Relevance
    Martin Dijst, Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Research
    For the Benefit of Health
  • 16:45 Panel Discussion
  • 17:15 Reception, Kuhle Coffee Shop

9 November 2018

Session III:
How to research Accessible Hubs?

Moderator: Annette Rudolph-Cleff, TU Darmstadt

  • 09:00 Registration
  • 09:30 Keynote
    Jennifer J Roe, University of Virginia
    Insights from Neuro-Urbanism
  • 10:15 Presentations
    Maria Ustinova, World Bank, Moscow
    Active transport in Moscow
    Matthias Knigge, Grauwert Designer, Hamburg
    Values, not deficits!
    Carlo Fabian, University of Applied Sciences and ArtsNorthwestern, Basle
    Inclusive Neighbourhoods

12:15 Lunch Break UHG R 140

Session IV:
How to co create Accessible Hubs?

Moderator: Anna Zdiara, Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt

  • 13:00 Keynote
    Gaurav Raheja, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
    Social spaces, inclusive mobility
  • 14:00 Presentations
    Anna Rose, Space Syntax Ltd., London
    Space Syntax and Access for All
    Oliver Schulze / Mohammed Almahmood, SchulzeplusGrassow,Copenhagen
    Co creating Potsdamer Platz
    Raul Kalo, University of Tampere

15:30 Panel Discussion

16:00 Wrap Up

16:15 End of Workshop

The host research group

The Urban Health Games research group (UHG) of the Department of Architecture will be hosting the 1st International workshop on Universal Design in urban mobility systems. UHGs’ research and teaching activities focus on people-centred urban design in building new collaborations between urban designers, health and mobility experts to address global challenges such as inclusion, active lifestyles and Access for All.

The organizing team

Martin Knöll, Marianne Halblaub Miranda, Gladys Vasquez Fauggier, Sabine Hopp

With support from

Peter Eckart, Kai Vöckler, Greta Hohmann and Annalena Kluge. The Accessible Hubs workshop is kindly supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and by project–, a multidisciplinary research cluster led by HfG Offenbach, investigating sustainable mobility systems in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban agglomeration (LOEWE SP IDG).