• Hauptbahnhof Darmstadt, Foto: L. Pandit

  • Komponistenviertel Darmstadt, Foto: L. Pandit

  • Luisenplatz Darmstadt, Foto: L. Pandit

Figure: Axial maps (global integration) of Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof (left), Komponistenviertel (centre), and Luisenplatz (right) within 1 sq. km. area.

March 4, 2020 – Lakshya Pandit and Martin Knöll, architects and urban designers at the Urban Health Games research group (TU Darmstadt) and members of project-mo.de, recently published a pilot study on different sites in Darmstadt in the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration (open access download).

The research paper takes into consideration diverse perspectives and parameters for assessing accessibility in urban spaces within the Frankfurt Rhein-Main area, with the initiation of pilot study in Darmstadt, being one of the major cities forming the urban agglomeration. The study takes into consideration the city centre, the main transit station and a residential area, as three urban spaces within Darmstadt, to understand how the selected performance measures quantify leading to qualitative learning and inferences.

The pilot assessment shows how the selected spaces within a travel chain perform on selected aspects of accessibility through connectivity of network, intelligibility of voids in the urban scale and closeness to public transport. Improvements within the domain of these parameters have been discussed post analysis. The study aims to further evolve in future stages, in order to understand the diversity through the accessibility performance measures in different cities, based on commuter flows, within the urban agglomeration.