Urban Design and Urban Development

Research

Cities and regions today are undergoing far-reaching changes conditioned by climate change, socio-cultural and demographic changes as well as new economic and technological developments. In the light of this, the research and teaching at the Chair of Urban Design and Urban Development combines knowledge of space and people for the aim of sustainable and livable city development. With interest in spatial qualities and people, the department is committed to integrated scholarship, which crosses disciplinary boundaries, researches theories and practical planning approaches and investigates possible solutions in national as well as international context.

TOPICS OF CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS AND DOCTORAL PROMOTIONS

» Local education and urban development — learning and teaching urban spaces

» Building culture education and participation of children and young people, participatory urban design

» Design questions for the resource-efficient city of the future

» Housing production: design, processes and actors

» Urban food systems and design of multifunctional infrastructures

» Methods of teaching in urban planning, plan representation and cartography

Current research projects

HOW2KIEZ: Future scenarios for Berlin neighborhood development

In a rapidly changing urban world, future scenarios are of utmost importance as references, goals and means of communication. At the same time, the transformation of the city is primarily achieved through the interaction of a wide range of actors. In order to proactively and responsibly meet the changing local needs and global challenges of cities and life in them, the key lies in joint action by public authorities and private investors to promote the cultural heritage and future living spaces of existing urban districts.

Well-being of children in socio-spatial contexts

The project reconstructs from the perspective of children how, where and with whom they have good experiences in their socio-spatial environment with regard to participation, protection and security as well as self-esteem and where they see a need for improvement. WIKK*I is particularly interested in how orders of difference and inequality are inscribed in children's experiences and perspectives and produce unequal well-being.

The spatial knowledge of young adults: the constitution of online, offline and hybrid spaces

In the first funding period of the research project, trends in the refiguration of spaces of childhood and adolescence were identified. It became clear that, amid ongoing processes of refiguration, widely used “action space” models no longer adequately describe the lifeworld of young people. Simultaneity and overlaps between different spatial logics increasingly shape young people’s spatial knowledge. In the second funding period, we aim to consolidate our findings on a longitudinal basis. The aim of the second phase is to capture the increasing heterogeneity of adolescent lifeworlds by formulating different types that map the spectrum of adolescent spatial constitutions and thereby reveal different patterns of interweaving spatial figures.

Hybrid sports and exercise worlds in the post-pandemic city (hysub): Adolescents between virtual offers and urban activities

The research and cooperation project analyzes the reorganization of movement activities and urban spaces with actors from the platform economy, sports companies, administrations and civil society. Since the pandemic, fundamental parameters of urban development (e.g. density, mix, short distances, open space qualities) in particular have been renegotiated, with health prevention, infrastructure and multi-coding of areas playing a special role if social and spatial inequalities are to be addressed in planning. The aim is to take the spatial impact of digitalization into account and to develop hybrid spatial settings within diverse residential structures in Berlin's inner city districts.

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Global center on spatial methods for urban sustainability

The Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS), is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via the DAAD program “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed” and based at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). GCSMUS seeks to introduce the use of social science research methodologies for the advancement of urban sustainable development, by connecting social sciences methodology, via knowledge transfer, exchange and implementation, with urban policy-making, planning and design.

Publiсations

Spatial Transformations

KALEIDOSCOPIC PERSPECTIVES ON THE REFIGURATION OF SPACES

Angela Million, Christian Haid, Ignacio Castillo Ulloa, Nina Baur (Editor*innen)
2022

Verlag: Routledge
ISBN: 9781032114538

The identity-creating region

SPATIAL IDENTITIES AS A TRANSFORMATIVE FORCE IN REGIONS

Bentlin, Felix (Editor); Dörner, Christine Leonie (Editor); Lackus, Felix (Editor); Million, Angela (Editor)
2022

Verlag: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin
ISBN 978-3-7983-3276-8
EISSN 2512-8914

the postpandemic city

CITY STRUCTURES UNDER STRESS TEST: FUTURE PICTURES OF A MIXED AND CLIMATE-JUSTICE CITY AFTER THE PANDEMIC

Bentlin, Felix / Jansen, Hendrik / Kataikko-Grigoleit, Päivi / Million, Angela / Velazco-Londono, Jose M. (Hrsg.)
2021

Publisher: Universitätsverlag of TU Berlin
ISBN: Print: 978-3-7983-3228-7
Online: 978-3-7983-3229-4

Dresden Commoning

URBAN PLANNING FOR COLLECTIVE URBAN PRODUCTION

Bentlin, Felix / Million, Angela / Tabačková, Zuzana (Hrsg.)
2020

Publisher: Universitätsverlag of TU Berlin
ISBN: Print: 978-3-7983-3120-4
Online: 978-3-7983-3121-1

Borderline City

SHIFTING BORDERS IN THE WAKE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN EUROPEAN CITIES AND REGIONS

Bentlin, Felix / Höfler, Jürgen / Million, Angela (Hrsg.)
2021

Verlag: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin
ISBN: Print: 978-3-7983-3200-3
Online: 978-3-7983-3201-0

The rebellious city

Driving forces and potential of resistance in planning processes

Fischer, Thomas / Kurth, Detlef / Schmidt, Holger / Bentlin, Felix / Million, Angela (Hrsg.)
2020

Publisher: Universitätsverlag of TU Berlin
ISBN: Print: 978-3-7983-3122-8
Online: 978-3-7983-3123-5

Handbook of building culture education

YOUTH ARCHITECTURE CITY

Edelhoff, Silke / Fleckenstein, Ralf / Grotkamp, Britta / Jagow, Barbara von / Kataikko-Grigoleit, Päivi / Million, Angela (Hrsg.)
2019

Publisher: Universitätsverlag of TU Berlin
ISBN: Print: 978-3-7983-3074-0
Online: 978–3‑7983–3123‑5

The Berlin of Hobrecht

GROWTH, CHANGE AND VALUE OF BERLIN'S CITY EXPANSION

Dolff-Bonekämper, Gabi / Million, Angela / Pahl-Weber, Elke (Hrsg.)
2018

Publisher: DOM publishers
ISBN: Print: 978-3-86922-529-6

At the end of globalization

About the refiguration of spaces

Löw, Martina/Sayman, Volkan/Schwerer, Jona/Wolf, Hannah (Hrsg.)
2021

publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: Print: 978-3-8376-5402-8
Online: 978-3-8394-5402-2

Mapping the in-between

INTERDISCIPLINARY METHODS FOR ENVISIONING OTHER FUTURES

Gresakova, Lydia / Tabackova, Zuzana / Spolka (Hrsg.)
2020

Verlag: Spolka
ISBN: Print: 978-80-973580-0-6
Online: 978-80-973580-1-3

Education landscape Campus Rütli

REASONS AND MEANINGS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF DESIGNING ACTORS

Heinrich, Anna Juliane
2018

Verlag: Springer VS
ISBN: Print: 978-3-658-21844-7
Online: 978-3-658-21845-4

Roof water-farm: Recommendations for action

HYGIENIC ASPECTS OF BUILDING-INTEGRATED FARMING ECONOMY IN CONNECTION WITH BUILDING-INTEGRATED WATER RECYCLING


Million, Angela / Bürgow, Grit / Steglich, Anja (Hrsg.)
2020

Publisher: Universitätsverlag of TU Berlin
DOI:10.14279/depositonce-9750

Spree life in Schöneweide

EPIC-PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORDS IN URBAN PLANNING

Bentlin, Felix / Heinrich, Anna Juliane / Million, Angela / Müller, Agnes Katharina (Hrsg.)
2020

ISBN: Print: 978-3-9815968-7-8

The productive province city

EDUCATION AND LEARNING SPACE CITYLAND - ON THE WAY TO A NEW UNDERSTANDMENT OF PLANNING

Bentlin, Felix / Million, Angela / Schenkel, Kerstin / Zemke, Reinhold (Hrsg.)
2018

Publisher: Universitätsverlag of TU Berlin
ISBN: Print: 978-3-7983-2992-8
Online: 978-3-7983-2993-5

Theses, dissertations and habilitations