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Gewählte Doctoral Thesis:

Irene Bittner (2018): Freiräume für Bewegung, Spiel und Sport von Jugendlichen in der kompakten Stadt: Freiraumplanerische Anknüpfungspunkte zur Bewegungsförderung von Jugendlichen am Beispiel des Stadtteils Zwischenbrücken in Wien.
Doctoral Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsplanung (ILAP), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 264. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
Open spaces for various forms of physical activity of adolescents are limited in a compact city. At the same time its short distances encourage active mobility. A preferably complete system of open spaces with backyards, streets, parks or squares provides multiple opportunities for adolescents to be physically active. These theses are examined in the urban neighbourhood Zwischenbrücken in Vienna, Austria. Based on structuralist, open-space planning theories the thesis establishes thematic links to sports and social sciences. Thus, the thesis adheres to transdisciplinary methodological research. The study first collects and analyses empirical data within a three-stage procedure: The built and socio-spatial structure of the neighbourhood is evaluated (1) to find out physical activities of youths by using mobile and stationary observation methods (2) based on the open-space typology. Narrative-cognitive maps (3) broaden the obtained results by the perspective of adolescents on site. In the study area, girls and boys use similarly active modes of transport in their daily life. Female or younger, male adolescents have less chances to appropriate sites for specific leisure-time related physical activity or sports in publicly accessible places. They are therefore particularly dependent on semi-public usable and multifunctional open spaces for physical activity, games and sport. These findings from daily life of adolescents (real level) are furthermore discussed in the context of the socio-historical development of guidelines, models and concepts for planning urban open spaces for physical activity and sports (imaginary level). Finally, principles for planning easily and equally accessible open spaces for physical activity, games and sport for youths in a compact city are derived from a document analysis (symbolic level) of actual guidelines within the relevant policies of the Municipality of Vienna concerning the fields of planning, health promotion and youth work.

Betreuer: Schneider Gerda
1. Berater: Damyanovic Doris

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