Every year the event SchulKinoWochen takes place all over the state of Hesse. Movie theaters turn into classrooms, teachers, students and experts talk about current subjects and learn together.
This year the main subject was Zukunftstadt, the city of the future. On 12.03.2015 UHG was invited to a talk with 10th graders about smart cities, the influence of technology in our everyday life and environments, and to give a bit of insight in what is it that we do as urban planners and researchers.
The discussed movie was Spike Jonze´s ‘Her’.
But who could possibly relax when everyone is watching? Follow our teams’ presentation on Tuesday, 17th of March.
Katrin from Engineering Psychology shows off her latest gadget to track environmental stressors. This week, students will spread out to Herrngarten to find the quiet and the loud spots to turn into a game…
Gameful Interventions need a good deal of information on their context. Try our latest form to track pedestrian movement in Darmstadt. The method is been used in the classic article on “Natural movement..” by Hillier et al., 1993. Feel free to remix our form for your site, or go on a walk in Herrngarten and send us your observations. The results will be soon published, but first discussed in our course..
The Active Design Guidelines provide models to better understand how the built environment hinders or promotes physical activities.
You can download the Active Design Guidelines HERE
Frankfurt´s east harbour, 20. and 27. of September 2014
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´s east harbour area. It has been playtested as part of art initiative evakuieren in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. The main goal was to bring people out on the streets to experience the city in a different way.
Stadtflucht was tested by 50 participants in the ages between 9 and 69 years on two consecutive saturdays.
See a full project documentation on the research group Urban Health Games website.