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Your emotional city

The city that never is and always will be. We ask ourselves: How does this city actually feel? Together with you, we want to collect precisely these feelings and create a city map of emotions. To do this, we have developed an app that you can use to participate in the citizen science project.

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About the project

Cities trigger emotions in us - pleasant and unpleasant ones. On the one hand, they offer opportunities for development, culture and prosperity. They are political, economic and scientific centers. But they also have another side, they are often anonymous or dirty, there is injustice, crime and violence in them. Cities stimulate us, and they challenge us. Sometimes they cause stress. Some even make us sick. But they also fascinate us. Everything has an impact on our psyche and health.

Become an urban researcher


If you would like to participate in the project as an urban researcher and join us in collecting data on stress and well-being locations in Berlin, you can download the app "Urban Mind" from the App Store or Google Play and get started. On the first screen of the app, select "Your emotional city" and you're ready to go! If you subscribe to the Futurium newsletter, we will inform you in the future about the current project status and about events of "Your emotional city".

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In the Citizen Science project "Your emotional City", we want to find out how citizens* feel, decipher the sensations at concrete streets, squares, neighborhoods and parks, and gain insights for cities in general. Together we will find out what makes cities of the future places worth living in.


In addition to the app, there are new exchange formats in the project: Public workshops and events, where all actors can contribute perspectives and questions to the research project. Here you can find current events:

October 13 // 6:00 pm // Forum
Green and the City

According to berlin.de, about 40 percent of the city's area is green. This public green space consists of forests, parks, water areas and agriculture. Is that enough for a livable city? We want to know what role greenery plays in the health and mental well-being of residents and in the fight against climate change. At the same time, we will take a look behind the scenes of urban planners and find out what the future holds for green space planning in Berlin - and how citizens can influence it.

November 17 // 6:00 pm // Forum
Art and the City

If you walk through the city with your eyes open, you will discover art in public spaces. It is supposed to improve the quality of life. We want to talk with our guests about whether it succeeds and how it does so. They come from the fields of neuroaesthetics, art, architecture, urban planning and urban politics. We want to know how architecture and art are perceived in the city, how they can change our perception of the city itself, and how they can thus contribute to the mental health of city dwellers.

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"Your Emotional City" is a joint project of Interdisziplinäres Forum Neurourbanistik e. V., Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Futurium, Haus der Zukünfte. Funded by the Berlin University Alliance as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments.