Dr. Laura Calbet Elias is Senior Research Assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space. In 2018, she was interim professor for Urban and Regional Planning at TU Dortmund. Until 2017, she worked as a research assistant at TU Berlin and co‑organised the colloquium “Wohnen in Berlin” (Housing in Berlin) at HU Berlin’s Georg Simmel Center. She completed her dissertation on “The Speculative Production of the City. Financialization of New Housing Developments in Berlin’s Inner City” in 2017. One of her research focus is urban development processes and social movements in Barcelona. She is a member of the editorial board of sub\urban.zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung.
Iman Charara is a researcher and urban design teacher at the Chair of Design and Urbanism (Prof. Dr. Nina Gribat) at TU Darmstadt. With an extensive focus on socio-political dimensions of spatial planning, she worked on different collaborative research projects with international academic partners in Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan as part of her previous employment at Habitat Unit in Berlin between 2015 and 2017. Her research and teaching interests include: urban transformation in crisis and conflict situations, participatory and hands-on urban design, informal development of urban spaces, arrival cities, alternative and affordable housing.
Oliver Clemens is an architect who focuses on tenant-organised non-profit building projects. His current works centre around the rehabilitation of the landmark building complex ExRotaprint and housing projects in the network of the Tenement Syndicate (Mietshäuser Syndikat). Oliver Clemens is co-initiator of the Berlin neighbourhood project ps wedding.
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Doucet is Professor of Architectural Theory and History at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Her books include “The Practice Turn in Architecture. Brussels after 1968” (2015) and the co-edited volume “Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism” (2011, with N. Janssens). She recently co-edited the thematic issue “Resist Reclaim Speculate. Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City” (Architectural Theory Review, 2018, with H. Frichot). Isabelle is currently also a researcher for the Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project called “Architecture and/for the Environment”, coordinated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Dr. Mara Ferreri is Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has a PhD in Geography from Queen Mary University of London (2013) and has taught and held research positions at Goldsmiths, the LSE and Durham University, where she was a lecturer in Human Geography (2015/16). Her work on urban precarity, gentrification and temporary urbanism has been published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Urban Studies, Cityand Cultural Geographies, and in the co-authored visual ethnography book Notes from the Temporary City (2016). Her current research project ‘Commoning Housing’ investigates housing as a commons in Barcelona and London.
Prof. Dr. Nina Gribat is Professor for Design and Urbanism at TU Darmstadt. She has taught and held research positions at University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Stuttgart, TU Berlin and University of Strasbourg. Her research interests include: urban development conflicts in contexts of urban shrinkage and rapid urban growth; intersections between material and socio-cultural relations; and educational and professional reform movements in architecture and planning. Nina is a member of the editorial collective of the open access journal: sub\urban.zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung (www.zeitschrift-suburban.de).
Dr. Christian Haid is an architect and urban sociologist and is senior researcher at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin since 2017. His research focuses on critical urban studies, urban informality, neighborhood diversity and postcolonial theories. He teaches in the master’s courses in Architecture and Urban Design as well as in the international Urban Management master’s course. Christian holds a master in Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and a master in Urban Studies from University College London (UCL). In July 2017 he completed his doctoral dissertation “City Life in Limbo – Globalizing Urban Informality and (In)Stabilites in Informal Practice” in urban sociology at Humboldt University Berlin.
Mathias Heyden, trained carpenter and architect, was co-organiser, -developer, and -designer of the Berlin limited equity coop K 77; research associate at the TU Berlin; and guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Works from within his Berlin office include the event-series and book Hier entsteht. Strategien partizipativer Architektur und räumlicher Aneignung; the exhibition, public talks, and magazines An Architektur 19 – 21: Community Design. Involvement and Architecture in the US since 1963; and the visual research-project Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches. In 2018 Mathias Heyden co-coordinated Experimentdays.18 and urbanize! Internationales Festival für urbane Erkundungen, and is an activist for a Community Land Trust in Berlin.
Dr. Andrej Holm is social scientist and working as researcher and lecturer for urban sociology at Humboldt University in Berlin. His fields of research are gentrification, housing politics, forced eviction and squatting. Beyond his academic work he is active in Berlin’s neighbourhood and tenant organisations since the beginning of the 1990s. As an expert on housing political instruments he was asked for advice from both political parties and social movements during the last decade.
Dr. Sabine Horlitz is an architect and urban researcher with a focus on critical urban research, social housing and non-speculative ownership models. Her PhD, carried out at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin, investigated the case of the St. Louis Pruitt-Igoe public housing project and the instrumentalization of its demolition. From 2015-2017 she received a post-doctoral grant to work on Community Land Trusts in the US. Her current research focusses on collective forms of land tenure. Sabine Horlitz is a co-initiator of the Berlin neighborhood initiative “ps wedding” and part of a working group in the district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg that is trying to implement a structure similar to the CLT model.
Jelica Jovanovic, graduated engineer of architecture (Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade), is an independent researcher and PhD student at University of Technology Vienna. Trainee of Cultural Heritage without Borders, Central Institute of Conservation of Serbia, Belgrade Open School, Europa Media and IAESTE. OeAD One Month Visit scholar (Austria) and SAIA (Slovakia) researcher. Founder and member of NGO Group of Architects. Coordinator of regional projects “Unfinished Modernisations and (In)appropriate Monuments”. Project coordinator and web editor of DOCOMOMO Serbia. Curatorial assistant of MoMA for exhibition “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980”. Her memberships include Do.Co.Mo.Mo. Serbia; Association of Conservators of Serbia; Association of Belgrade Architects; ICOMOS Serbia.
Hannes Langguth, architect and urban planner, is a researcher and doctoral candidate at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin since 2014. Hannes is working at the interface of critical urban–regional theory, planning and sociology. His research interests combine the areas of extended urbanisation and trans-local rural-urban transformation; community-based planning and co-production; precariousness and class politics. Hannes is member of NYLON Berlin – a self-organised PhD network between Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, NYU New York University and LSE London. He is co-founder of studio etcetera, a cooperative practice in architecture and research based in Berlin.
Dr. Éléonore Marantz is Associate Professor in History of Contemporary Architecture at the Department of Art History and Archeology at the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne. In her research, she has primarily examined frameworks and forms of public architectural production in the twentieth century and edited several books on university architectures. Her most recent work focuses on the history of architecture education in the 1960s and 1970s. She co-curatored the exhibition “May 68. Architecture as well!” and co-organized the international conference “The Sixties and the Education of the Architect. International Perspectives” in Paris. Her last book “Architecture Manifestes. Les écoles d’architecture en France depuis 1950″ (2018, with Guy Lambert) focuses on Schools of Architecture in France since 1950.
Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz is architect and urban planner educated at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association London. PhD in 2009. Since 2013, Chair of the Habitat Unit at Technical University Berlin. Partner at Urban Catalyst Berlin. His research and practice relate to user-driven and process-oriented planning, participation and coproduction in transformation-to-sustainability processes and urbanisation impact of translocal dynamics such as migration or globalised production. Principal Investigator of “Architectures of Asylum” within the DFG-funded Special Research Area (Sonderforschungsbereich) 1265 “Re-figuration of Space”. Co-editor of “Vergessene Schulen – Architekturlehre zwischen Reform und Revolte um 1968” (Spector, 2017).
Dagmar Pelger is a researcher and teacher at TU Berlin (Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization) and HCU Hamburg. Her focus on critical cartography, spatial commons and coproduced urbanisation processes is also defining her involvement in coop.disco (with R. Burghardt, P. Coelho, A. Heilgemeir, L. Rochlitzer) – a planning and design practice for commoning oriented spatial developments based in Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Tatjana Schneider is Professor for History and Theory of Architecture and the City at the TU Braunschweig, Germany. Her research and teaching focus on the (un)making of architecture as discipline and practice, through situating the objects of architecture within an expanded discursive field that is inextricably linked to political and economical questions, as well as social and environmental issues. She examines present-day spatial crises – such as exclusion, segregation, fragmentation and injustice – through a historico-theoretical investigation of their conditions, in order to produce other imaginaries.
Ljubica Slavković is a program producer and curator at the Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade. She is an architect and a scholar/PhD student at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. Ljubica’s field of interest lie in the construction of space of contemporary Belgrade and Socialist Yugoslavia. She is an author of a wide scope of projects, such as: the international forum “Creating a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948 – 1980”, the Modernist map of Belgrade, the Modernist Skopje Map (Blue Crow Media), “Bogdan Bogdanović: introduction to the Oeuvre“, the animated movie “Our Belgrade Waterfront” (co-author). Ljubica is active as an independent researcher and associate journalist of domestic and foreign publications, as well as the Editor in Chief of the Belgrade architectural magazine and research platform, Kamenzind (Camenzind).
Prof. Dr. Stavros Stavrides, architect and activist, is Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he teaches graduate courses on housing design (social housing design included), as well as a postgraduate course on the meaning of metropolitan experience. He has published numerous articles on spatial theory and urban struggles. His research currently focuses on forms of emancipating spatial practices and urban commoning, characteristically developed in his last books “Common Space: The City as Commons,” (2016 in English), and “Common Spaces of Urban Emancipation” (forthcoming in English). He has lectured in European and Latin American Universities on urban struggles and practices of urban commoning.
Dr. Alexander Vasudevan is Associate Professor in Human Geography and Fellow at Christ Church at the University of Oxford. He is the author of “The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting” (Verso, 2017), “Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) and co-editor of “Geographies of Forced Eviction: Dispossession, Violence, Insecurity” (Palgrave, 2017) with Katherine Brickell and Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia. Alexander Vasudevan’s current research focuses on radical politics and precarious urban living. He is working on a project on the history of the anti-psychiatry movement.
Florian Wüst is an independent film curator, artist, and publisher based in Berlin. His work revolves around the history of post-war Europe and modern social, economic and technical progress. He writes and lectures about topics related to cinema, society and urban politics. In 2016 he co-founded berliner hefte zur geschichte und gegenwart der stadt. Wüst regularily contributes to the Werkleitz Festival and acts as the film and video curator of Transmediale.
Dr. Tobias Zervosen studied art history, musicology and media studies in Bonn and Berlin. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Design. He conducted his doctoral studies at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich. His dissertation Architekten in der DDR. Realität und Selbstverständnis einer Profession was published as a book with transcript. Zervosen is a lecturer at the Chair for Theory and History of Architecture, Art and Design at the Technical University of Munich. He is currently working on a second book (Habilitation) on autobiographies of architects in the 20th century.
La Foresta – Accademia di Comunità is a network of Italian cultural associations, informal groups, and active citizens based in the alpine Vallagarina district. The network has formed to establish a lab-like structure at the local train station, in which to support socially-concerned change makers. La Foresta works with methods of participatory design and critical pedagogy and is particularly interested in how to create community economies through real-life experimentations and bottom-up research processes. Collaborating with the local administration, La Foresta also explores new modalities for joint action between civic and public actors. In their area of action, the word foresta has the double meaning of “forest” and “foreigner”.
POLIGONAL – Office for Urban Communication organises exploratory scholar-led workshops and tours for city enthusiasts and architecture lovers through the city of Berlin. Its founders, Christian Haid and Lukas Staudinger, communicate contemporary architectural topics and urban developments by addressing and investigating social, cultural, political, economical, and material dimensions of the city. They draw on many years of experience as academic researchers and university lecturers in urbanism and architecture. POLIGONAL collaborates with numerous local experts and a broad international network and customises its urban communication formats according to thematic requirements and individual interests. Christian and Lukas’s portfolio addresses universities and students, Berlin travellers, businesses, and conference delegations – professionals and non-professionals alike.