Shaping future mobility!
How design drives the development of sustainable mobility systems.

MOBILITY + DESIGN: The international conference „re/set mobility design“ initiated Prof. Dr. Kai Vöckler und Prof. Peter Eckart dealt with various aspects of the design of future mobility and took place on November 7 and 8, 2019 at the HfG Offenbach in Offenbach.
International, future-oriented and visionary experts from the fields of design, infrastructure and architecture presented their ideas on future mobility and discussed them with members of the LOEWE-research cluster “Infrastructure – Design – Society” ( Carlo Ratti (MIT Senseable Lab/USA) gave a keynote at the Opening Night on November 7. The talks will be published online at gradually as well as photos of the conference and further information.

We would like to thank the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts with State Minister Angela Dorn for the patronage of the conference.

November 7, 2019
Opening night with greetings, introduction and keynote

The conference started with greetings from Angela Dorn / State of Hesse (Hessen State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts) and Bernd Kracke / HfG Offenbach (Professor, President of the HfG Offenbach). Kai Vöckler, HfG Offenbach / Offenbach (spokesman; endowed professor at HfG Offenbach; urban research and mobility design) moderated the evening and Peter Eckart, unit-design / Frankfurt + HfG Offenbach / Offenbach (Professor for Integrated Design at HfG Offenbach; product design and mobility design) was giving an introduction on mobility design.

Afterwards Carlo Ratti, MIT Senseable Lab / USA + Design and Innovation Office Ratti Asscoiati / Italy (architecture, urban planning, digital information and urban space) was captivating us with his keynote speech and his ideas of “senseable cities”. The keynote speech was followed by a discussion with Carlo Ratti, Peter Eckart and Kai Vöckler including questions from the audience. Finally, there was a come-together with music, snacks and drinks.

November 8, 2019
Second conference day with many lectures and discussions in 3 panels and 1 short talk session 

International experts from the fields of design, infrastructure and architecture were presenting their ideas on future mobility and discussing them with members of the LOEWE project “Infrastructure – Design – Society” ( The conference was concentrating on three major areas and one short talk session.

designing intermodal transport networks

dealt with different objects which are moving in a mobility system and their potential to create a positive experience. This applied equally to public transport such as bus, train or metro just as it does to cars, bicycles or shared/ride-shared vehicles.

Moderator: Petra Schäfer, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences / Frankfurt (transport planning)

Commentator: Martin Lanzendorf, Goethe University / Frankfurt (human geography and mobility research)

designing the infrastructure

focused on overarching infrastructures which connect mobility hubs and enable people to access different vehicles as well as the entire mobility system including for example, architecture, urban design, planning or wayfinding systems.

Björn Hekmati, TU Darmstadt / Darmstadt (architecture and urban design)

Martin Knöll, TU Darmstadt / Darmstadt (architecture and urban design)

designing digital access

explored the user’s digital interaction with a mobility system. Mobility should be seen as a service where connectivity, user experience and interfaces create seamless usability for the user.

Andrea Krajewski, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt; HfG Offenbach / Darmstadt + Offenbach (industrial design and interactive media design)

Sebastian Oschatz, MESO Digital Interiors / Frankfurt + HfG Offenbach / Offenbach (interaction design and computer sciences)

designing questions

gave insights into the doctoral program with interdisciplinary research and methodological aspects concerning flow, links and hubs in the Rhine/Main region.

Statements: What does future mobility mean to you?

video credits
camera: Tim Seger, Haben Ghebregziabher
post production: Tim Seger