Creating NEBourhoods Together


Mobility NEBourhoods: Participatory Development of "NEBourhood Hubs" as Multifunctional Mobility Centres

NEBourhood Hubs Mobilitaet

June 2024. Innovative forms of mobility and their sustainable implementation are essential for reducing our CO2 emissions. However, new transport strategies such as sharing concepts cannot be realised as purely technological solutions, but need to be anchored in the municipalities and at specific urban locations. Could this go hand in hand with an improvement in the quality of life in the neighbourhood? Could such an infrastructure create interest in and acceptance of forms of mobility beyond private transport among the people? And can the perspectives of different stakeholders, experimental forms of collaboration and physical experience be combined with geodata on urban mobility

Participation tools between physical and virtual spaces

The Chair of Architectural Informatics at the Technical University of Munich is investigating these questions as part of the NEB Action "Mobility NEBourhoods". To explore them, the team is combining data-based analysis of the digital version of the district with a collaboration among local stakeholders and playful forms of participation.

For Neuperlach, the aim was to develop two multifunctional mobility stations, the "NEBourhood Hubs", in and with the neighbourhood. In collaboration with creative professionals and in dialogue with the TransitionHub team from NEBourhoods, the team developed explorative, co-creative formats to gain new perspectives on mobility.

Photographic data collection with photographer Sandra Singh, physical drifting with dancer Ralf Otto and finally joint modelling with architect Enrica Ferrucci were the interactive workshop formats with local residents in which the locations as well as the functions and design of the hubs were determined.

Based on the residents' wishes and ideas, the local urban furniture manufacturer GRONARD realised the two "NEBourhood Hubs": in addition to shaded seating and book exchange shelves, there is also a library of things, a graffiti wall and various rental services for mobility aids and cargo bikes.

In order to optimally adapt and further develop the neighbourhood stations to the needs of the neighbourhood, residents are still invited to share their ideas for the equipment and suggestions.

Digital tools for participatory urban development

The development of the two "NEBourhood Hubs" not only offers the opportunity to test, evaluate and discuss forms of mobility with the population. Insights could be gained from the design process itself, which served as the basis for the development of participatory tools that could utilise data from the city's digital twin. In collaboration with a group of architecture and urban studies students from the Data Drifts and Tactical Toolkits Studio, a set of digital tools was created that will facilitate the planning of neighbourhood hubs, public spaces and mobility services in the future.
The students' ideas range from gaming-based participation via app, augmented reality games and concrete design using modules and their translation into virtual space to the digital recording of path and street qualities by the communities via app.


NEBourhood Hub "RESI": Preetoriusweg/Therese-Giehse-Alle NEBourhood Hub "STEINI": Steinplatz near the Marx Centre


Mobility • urban mobility • mobility hubs • multifunctional mobility stations • participation tools • digital tools • digital twin

Matti Drechsel, Nick Förster, Dr. Gerhard Schubert, Carla Sauvant, architecture and urban planning students / Technical University of Munich, Chair of Architectural Informatics
• Jana Köstler / Munich University of Applied Sciences
• Charlotte Poppa, City of Munich
• Tina Zoch / Münchner Gesellschaft für Stadterneuerung mbH (MGS)
• Florian Mayr, Torsten Müller / Stadtteilmanagement Neuperlach
• Enrica Ferrucci / ichbaumit
• Ralph Otto
• Sandra Singh
• GRONARD GmbH, Neuperlach

The research area of the Chair of Architectural Informatics covers the topics of Artificial Intelligence, Collaborative Design, Digital Participation and Digital Urban Infrastructure. Prototypes are developed in the chair's own BIM laboratory.

Picture credits: NEBourhoods/Architekturgalerie München/Cornelia Hellstern, Patrik Thomas; City of Munich/Stadtteilmanagement Neuperlach/Florian Mayr

NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach
NEBourhoods Mobility Hubs Neuperlach