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Dr.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub Miranda


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Marianne Halblaub Miranda is research associate in the Urban Health Games research group from the Department of Architecture at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. She holds an engineering degree in architecture and urban planning from the TU Darmstadt. Her research focus is on user-centred design, and the influence of the urban built environment on its users. Investigations include spatial cognition and perception, navigation and orientation, and health-related activities in urban open spaces.She leads various research projects and co-leads an urban design unit on Universal Design and Access for All.

Research group profile

  • project (lead researcher)
    Multidisciplinary research program – LOEWE Schwerpunkt IDS – Infrastructure-Design-Society
    January 2018 – December 2021
  • PREHealth (project manager and researcher)
    An EU/DAAD Erasmus+ project investigating urban open space and how people’s needs can be put into the centre of planning in order to maximize their benefits for health and wellbeing
    December 2016 – July 2019
  • Active Learning Spaces (lead researcher)
    A pilot study on co design in healthy schools investigating the impact of school design on pupils' learning, physical activity, and wellbeing.. Funded research project with Heinrich-Hoffmann Schule, Darmstadt.
    August 2016 – February 2018
  • MoMe (lead researcher)
    A context-sensitive mobile application developed as a research tool to assess spatial perception and behaviour in built environments.
    2015 – ongoing

Design Unit + Bachelor Thesis

  • Griesheimer Düne – A new development at TU Darmstadt’s August-Euler-Airfield (WS19/20)
  • New Kids on the Woog – Urban design concepts for an active and green primary school (WS18/19)
  • Movimiento – Mobilitätsquartiere am Darmstädter Hauptbahnhof (SS18)
  • Frankfurt reads! – Urban design for an inclusive Frankfurt Book Fair (WS17/18)
  • Jovanka kommt an! – Urban Design for an inclusive Campus Lichtwiese (SS17)
  • Run Lui Run! – Urban Design for an inclusive city center in Darmstadt (WS16/17)


Further formats

Supervised Thesis

  • Assessment framework for urban subcenters based in a sustainable urban mobility approach – A desk-based approach.
    Álvaro Manríquez Jiménez (Master's Thesis – Mundus Urbano MSc., SoSe 2019)
  • Urban Furniture And Human Inclusion In Urban Public Spaces.
    Saniya Arif (Master's Thesis – DAAD-IIT-Master Sandwich Program, SoSe 2019)


  • Marianne Halblaub, M., Vásquez Fauggier, M., Knöll, M. (2018): Potenziale für die Planung und Gestaltung von gesundheitsfördernden Freiräumen. In: FORUM WOHNEN UND STADTENTWICKLUNG. Zeitschrift des vhw – Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung e. V., 1:2018, pp 2-6.
  • Halblaub Miranda, M., Ustinova, M., Tregel, T. & Knöll, M. (2017): MoMe@school – A pilot study on an analytical and participatory tool for active learning spaces design. Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, 2017; 3:10 (online)
  • Halblaub Miranda, M., Knöll, M. (2016): Stadtflucht: Learning about healthy places with a location-based game, in: Navigationen, Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften, 16 (1): 101-118.
    Article (opens in new tab)


  • Knöll, Halblaub Miranda, Cleff & Rudolph-Cleff (2019): “Public Space and pedestrian stress perception – Insights from Darmstadt, Germany.” In: Igor Vojnovic, Amber L. Pearson, Gershim Asiki, Geoff DeVerteuil, Adriana Allen (Hrsg.) Handbook of Global Urban Health, Routledge, S.269-82
  • Knöll, Hopp & Halblaub Miranda (2018):“Stadtgestaltung für eine inklusive Stadtmitte Darmstadt.”In: Werkbundakademie, e.V.; agenda21, TG Stadtgestalt; Kühn, F.; Lück, W.; Rahe, J. (Hrsg.) Kulturelle Mitte Darmstadt – Ein kritischer Stadtführer, Jovis, S. 148-157




  • Halblaub Miranda & Ustinova: “I spy with my little eye. A child-led assessment of their school built environment.”
    ANFA Conference 2018: “Shared behavioral outcomes”
    Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, September 2019
  • Halblaub Miranda, Knöll & Hopp: “Travel, approach, enter! A three-step framework to analyse and co-create inclusive public space.”
    Healthy City Design 2018 International Congress.
    Royal Collage of Physicians, London, 15.-16. October 2018
  • Halblaub Miranda & Knöll: „THE LUISENPLATZ STUDY – The relationship between visual fields and perceived stress in a public transport hub.”
    11th International Space Syntax Symposium.
    Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 3.-7. July 2017
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  • Halblaub Miranda, Hardy & Knöll: “MoMe: a context-sensitive mobile application to research spatial perception and behaviour.”
    Human mobility, cognition and GISc.
    University of Copenhagen, 11.2015
    Extended Abstract (opens in new tab)