Mobile Practices: a perspective on classification of mobility hubs

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Rasmus Bjerrum Christensen
  • Signe Østergaard
4. term, Urban Design (cand.tech.), Master (Master Programme)
In this study, four different mobility hubs in Aalborg Municipality have been explored, to investigate how mobile situations are unfolded according to different mobile practices. The aim has been to uncover if different mobile practices were present at different classifications of mobility hubs, and how the understanding of these mobile practices can be used in relation to classifying mobility hubs.

The study has been carried out in a qualitative approach and takes a point of departure in phenomenology as the philosophy of science approach. The main data collection method of this study has been observation, which has been conducted at the four different hubs. The collected data from the observations have been analyzed according to Staging Mobilities by Ole B. Jensen, to understand and uncover the occurring mobile practices.

The discovered mobile practices at the different hubs are generally influenced by efficiency and social avoidance. Here it has been revealed how people queue in a "perforated snake" with distance to each other, and how 'desire lines' are created to go the most direct path. These general mobile practices that determine how the mobile situations play out are found similar in all four classifications of the mobility hubs.

This report concludes that there are no coherency in the unfolded mobile practice and the classification of the particular hub, as similar mobile practices were discovered at the different hubs. Hence, it can be concluded that mobile practices should not be a determining factor in relation to the classification of hubs.
LanguageEnglish
Publication date8 Jun 2022
Number of pages75
External collaboratorNIRAS A/S
No Name vbn@aub.aau.dk
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