January 2019 (Darmstadt)
Architecture students at TU Darmstadt creating interactive narratives with Remco Veltkamp and Bram Agterberg from University of Utrecht in order to define activities and challenges along the PREHealth – Health and Fitness Itinerary.
Photos: Camilo Pfeffer
December 2018 (Darmstadt)
Hackathon at the Department of Architecture (TU Darmstadt): As part of a seminar called “Game Lab” offered to the students of the Department of Architecture at TU Darmstadt, a hackathon took place the 13th of December with support of Partner 4 (University of Györ). The objective of the event was to test a Location Based Game on the campus, to learn how to design and create a LGB in an available platform, and to start designing their own game.
September 2018 (Athens)
The City of Athens, in cooperation with PRISMA, organised the Multiplier Event in Greece which was held on the 26th of September 2018 in the City Council Athens. The objective of the event was to disseminate the results of the different outputs of the project PREHealth to the different stakeholders: NGO´s, city representatives and public in general. After the event, the 27th and the 28th, the Steering Committee took place.
June 2018 (Utrecht)
UCREATE and RUIMTEVOLK organized a meet-up on Healthy Living Environment. PreHealth researcher Monique Simons co-hosted this meet-up.
Watch the video here…
June 2018 (Győr)
Taking a walk at the Health Itinerary in Győr. The task force members walked along the designated Health Itinerary in the Inner City of Győr. The partners collected ideas on how to improve the itinerary, what kind of small developments would be needed in order to offer the itinerary to a wider audience. Task force members agreed to collect their game ideas during the summer, and meet again in early September.
Photos: Csobay Dániel.
June 2018 (Darmstadt)
On the 13th of June 2018, an event organized by the city of Darmstadt of public participation in urban redevelopment in the Darmstat Ost took place. Prof. Martin Knöll and the students of the Faculty of Architercture of TU Darmstadt had the opportunity to present the results and impressions of the temporary installations made on the urban space the past 7, 8, and 9th of June on the frame of the PREHealth project. The audience (around 100 citizens) could at the end of the event interact informally with the students.
Photos: Steffen Diemer
You can download the presentation and slideshow here:
June 2018 (Darmstadt)
Picnic blankets ready to use on the green areas, an art gallery next to an old wall, sitting opportunities in urban areas and a fitness route: a great oppotunity to rest, relax, be fit and enjoy the open spaces in Darmstadt between the lake and the city center. The 7th, 8th and 9th of June, the students of the Faculty of Architecture presented their project “Altstadtwiesen” (Old town meadows) with the objective to increase the active use and to connect the green open spaces in Darmstadt. The project ist part of the “Action Plan” PREHealth (Improvements on the open space).
Photos: Nina Kaußen
May 2018 (Darmstadt)
As part of the PREHealth “Action Plan”, a joint project is currently underway between the Technical University of Darmstadt and the City Planning Office of Darmtadt. As a result, students of the Department of Architecture have the opportunity not only to develop their ideas for active public spaces as a concept, but also to implement them. The focus of the work is the green and open spaces, whose use and design should be brought more into the consciousness of the population.
From the 7th to the 9th of June, the old town complex will be transformed into the “Altstadtwiesen” (Old town meadow) – a field of experimentation in the area of active use of open spaces through sport, fitness and recreation.
April 2018 (Darmstadt)
As part of the Intellectual Output 4 (Action Plan), Partner 1 designed and organized a two weeks course for the architectural students at TU Darmstadt. The objectives of the course were: 1. To include them as part of the PREHealth task force and, 2. To propose creative and outstanding ideas on how to improve, stimulate and activate a part of the city of Darmstadt. On the 12th of April, the first meeting was held at the Research Group Urban Health games, with a total of 72 interested students.
April 2018 (Győr)
The project partners cycled across the planned Health Itinerary in Győr. Following the discussions about possible routes and spots, the time has come to actually visit the designated areas. Partners collected ideas, how to improve the public spaces, how good (or bad) the connection between different points of the routes are, and what kind of games could be played on site.
Photos: Tòth, P.
Also in April, the Task Force members held their second meeting. After the experiences of the cycling tour, the members of the task force have decided about the Health Itinerary and made some final adjustments and comments regarding the map. The partners have also talked about the game scenario and the concept.
Photo: Honvári P.
February 2018 (London)
Monique Simons presented a paper on Context based playful technologies to promote the use of urban green and blue spaces for health promotion (PREHealth Project) at the CBC Conference 2018th Annual Conference – Behaviour Change for Health: Digital & Beyond.
Find out more here…
February 2018 (Darmstadt)
From the 4th. to the 7th of February 2018 all the partners, including the city representatives, gathered for the third Steering Committee in Darmstadt, Germany. Part of the agenda included a walking tour through some of the “best practices” of green open spaces and physical activity in the city of Darmstadt. In addition, partner 2 (Prisma, Athens) presented the results of the Intellectual Output 2: Face to face surveys.
January 2018 (Győr)
The Task Force started its operation in Győr. Respresentatives of different organisations, urban development experts, civil society members alongside with the City of Győr and the Széchenyi István University gathered for the first time in the frame of PreHealth. The partners presented the project, and collected the first ideas on how to develop a Health Itinerary within the city, and how to encourage city dwellers for a more active use of the open spaces. Ideas were collected and also presented on maps.
Photo: Honvári P.
September 2017 (Utrecht)
On the 25th. and 26th. of September 2017 all partners gathered for the second Steering Committee meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The two-days meeting brought fruitful discussions about the process of the project. In addition, partner 1 (TU Darmstadt) presented for the first time the results of the Intellectual Output 1: the State of the Art.
Martin Knöll presents a paper on co-design tools at the Annual conference of the German Academy for spatial planning in Potsdam, Germany.
Moniques Simons gave an invited lecture on mobile games for healthy urban living on the conference Public Space in Mechelen, Belgium.
The consortium meets for the first time at TU Darmstadt to plan their research in more detail. We layout the keywords for our state of the art research and the survey how people are using open spaces in our cities. We also have some Hessian Schnitzel and apfelwein in a local pub.
The European Union / DAAD funds Europe-wide strategic partnership PREhealth with 350.000,- for the period from December 2016 to July 2019.
The main goal of PREHealth is to encourage city dwellers to use public spaces more actively. Researchers will study the role that digital applications can play in learning about and planning of active and health-promoting spaces. Can Augmented Reality Games, for instance, promote participation by allowing players to collectively record data on their favorite places in the city? How can mobile gaming and playful interaction make positive health effects more tangible? In order to find out, the consortium partners will design applications in cooperation with users and tested in schools, universities, and in adult education institutes.
Seven European partners are involved in the project: four universities and research institutions (TU Darmstadt as coordinators, Utrecht University, PRISMA Planning and Research Consultants and the Szechenyi Istvan University); as well as three cities (Darmstadt, Athens, and Gyor); and four associated partners, including the Brabant City region.