Urbanist and Researcher
As urbanist and researcher, Martina’s work passion lies in human mobility, socio-spatial interaction and urban identity research. Within several years of professional experience in construction and design as a graduate engineer in architecture, she developed exciting unclarified subject areas, which she researched during her master’s degree in Urban Futures, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany. As Visiting Researcher at the National University of Singapore and part of the project “Pedestrian Comfort in High Pedestrian Activity Areas” her work focused on residents’ walking behavior and experience. She has been involved in the field of participatory urban development, leaded an integrative art and design workshop with refugees and has been active for Participate In Design (P!D), Singapore, in public housing. She sees herself as a transformative researcher with keen interest in promoting transdisciplinary research/planning and collaborating with people from the fields of urban planning, architecture, psychology, sociology, urban design and neuroscience. In this way, she brought together researchers/planners and residents in the context of her master’s thesis “Inside Sheltered Walkways – Deriving the Urban Futures”. Her dissertation will focus on Conscious Human Mobility and the Future Human-Space Relationship, questioning how people walk – how they perceive and how they build (inspired by the sociologist Lucius Burckhardt and his “Science of Strollology”).