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For the benefit of health: A relational interpretation of accessibility

Dijst, Martin
eds.: Knöll, Martin ; Halblaub Miranda, Marianne ; Vasquez Fauggier, Gladys (2018)
For the benefit of health: A relational interpretation of accessibility.
Accessible Hubs – International workshop on Universal Design in urban mobility systems. Technische Universität Darmstadt (8. + 9. November 2018)
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Title: For the benefit of health: A relational interpretation of accessibility
Language: English
Date: 3 December 2018
Event Title: Accessible Hubs – International workshop on Universal Design in urban mobility systems
Event Location: Technische Universität Darmstadt
Event Dates: 8. + 9. November 2018
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This presentation points out that the discussions on accessibility are focused on the impact of land-use and transportation systems on the functioning of society in general or more specific on the opportunities to participate in activities at different locations. However, being mobile to participate in activities is so much more than instrumental. Based on time geography, the presentation will develop a relational interpretation of accessibility. This interpretation is based on Actor Network Theory, (Post-) Phenomenology, Emotional Geography and Assemblage Theory. It introduces relational concepts in time geography, such as ‘embodied exposure, ‘relational string’ and ‘window of vulnerabilities’.

Speaker’s Bio

By discipline, Martin Dijst is urban geographer and in 2009 appointed as full professor of Urban Development and Spatial Mobility at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. December 1, 2017, he has been appointed as director of the department Urban Development and Mobility at LISER, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg. His research on activity and travel behaviour, accessibility, impact of Information and Communication technologies, exposures to (un)healthy environments, social interactions with people and urban metabolism, is most often positioned in a time geographical framework supplemented with post-structuralist perspectives. In 2013, he initiated and managed till 2017 the Utrecht University interdisciplinary research program Healthy Urban Living. In this program, researchers from a large variety of medical, behavioural and GIS scientific disciplines started to work together to study issues related to healthy urban living. As part of the program, he initiated and developed with Rick Grobbee (UMCU) the Global and Geo Health Data Center.

URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-82892
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The host research group

The Urban Health Games research group (UHG) of the Department of Architecture hosted 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, Yves Grossmann, Greta Hohmann and Annalena Kluge.

The Accessible Hubs workshop is kindly supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and by project–mo.de, a multidisciplinary research cluster led by HfG Offenbach, investigating sustainable mobility systems in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban agglomeration (LOEWE SP IDG).

Classification DDC: 700 Arts and recreation > 710 Landscaping and area planning
700 Arts and recreation > 720 Architecture
Divisions: 15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe E: Stadtplanung > Urban Health Games
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 13:06
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 13:06
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/8289
PPN: 440631114
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