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Announcement of a master/project thesis: Active City Innovation: Placemaking

Subject/question: Placemaking as a concept for determining ideal spaces for movement and social interaction using and developing sociotechnical systems


Public spaces, dance, sound installation, physical activity, socio-informatics, placemaking, urban regions, culture


The SINN-i sub-project Active City Innovation researches how urban spaces can become attractive places for movement. The reduction of inner-city green spaces and open spaces is one of many barriers that prevent people from moving around more. The development, implementation and evaluation of 12 experimentation scenarios for the promotion of physical activity will result in a handbook that will make it possible to implement the developed scenarios in other cities. The different topics will be carried out by partners from Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Japan and South Africa. The University of Siegen researches the scenario of Public Dancing. Dancing can not only promote health and mobility but can also be fun and connect people of different cultures and age groups. To bring people together to dance, regardless of their experiences and backgrounds, public music and dance spaces are needed that give people a feeling of security and motivation. Inner-city spaces could be created that motivate people to participate when shopping or walking around the city center. At the same time, people outside these spaces must not be disturbed. The selection of such spaces is therefore very important for the participation of citizens. At the same time, the question arises as to what role technology plays in participation and motivation and what form the implementation of technology can take?

Questions to answer in the master/project thesis:

  • What are the requirements for the city / the stakeholders / the space to be designed?
  • How can data be collected during implementation?
  • Which challenges have to be considered?
  • How can people of different age groups be motivated to participate?
  • What is the concrete implementation of the new system?


  • Ability to work independently, commitment and enjoyment working in a team
  • Communicative and willing to work with users
  • Interest in participatory approaches (Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research)
  • Previous experience in qualitative and empirical work
  • Independent development of a prototype

For more information:

David Struzek (david.struzek@uni-siegen.de)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller (Claudia.Mueller@uni-siegen.de)


Students of the HCI, WI or related courses.

As a project thesis also possible with multiple participants.

Start:As of now.

Further information about Active City Innovation: