Habitat Unit

Senior Researcher

Dr. Elke Beyer

hu_Elke Beyer

e.beyer@tu-berlin.de

Room A 065 
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 22224 
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907

Curriculum Vitae

Elke Beyer has been a senior researcher in the DFG-funded project Transnational Production Spaces at the Habitat Unit since December 2016. Elke studied History and East European studies at the University of Cologne and University College London. In 2017, she received her doctoral degree for the dissertation, “Producing Socialist Urbanity. City centre planning in the Soviet Union in the 1960s”, at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich.

Elke Beyer’s research focuses on urban affairs in the socialist and post-socialist world, the histories of post-war modern architecture and urbanism, transnational practice and the transfer of knowledge and ideas. She was a researcher at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich (2006-11), where she also taught on the master’s and bachelor’s courses in Architecture, at the Leibniz Institute for Society and Space, Erkner (2013-14), and at the project “Shrinking Cities”, Berlin (2002-06). She has a wide range of experiences from exhibitions and publishing in the field of urban research. She is a member of the Second World Urbanity network.

Education+

2017
Doctorate of Sciences (Dr. sc.) ETH Zürich, Department Architektur.
Thesis: Producing Socialist Urbanity. City centre planning in the Soviet Union in the 1960s (Supervisors: Prof. em. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky, Chair for the Theory of Architecture, ETH Zürich; Prof. Dr. Monica Rüthers, Chair of East European History, Universität Hamburg; Prof. Dr. Laurent Stalder, Chair for the Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich)

1999 – 2000
Columbia University, New York City
Richard Hofstadter Fellowship / Visiting student in the graduate program in History and Art History

1992 – 1999
Magister artium (M.A.) in History and Slavic Studies
Universität zu Köln

Employment History+

Since 2016 
Senior Research 
DFG Project Transnational Production Spaces, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

2015 – 2016 
Parental leave

2013 – 2014 
Research Associate
Leibniz-Institute for Society and Space, Erkner
Project Designing urban open space – Urbanization strategies between power and public in East and West Germany [Freiraumgestaltung als Urbanisierungsstrategie zwischen Herrschaft und Öffentlichkeit im deutsch-deutschen Vergleich]

2006 – 2011 
Research Associate and Lecturer
ETH Zürich, Department Architektur, gta Institute for History and Theory of Architecture

2002 – 2006 
Research Associate
Project Shrinking Cities
Project Office Philipp Oswalt, Berlin

Research Projects+

since 2016
DFG Project Transnational Production Spaces
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin
with Anke Hagemann

2013 – 2014
Leibniz-Institute for Society and Space, Erkner
Project Designing urban open space – Urbanization strategies between power and public in East and West Germany [Freiraumgestaltung als Urbanisierungsstrategie zwischen Herrschaft und Öffentlichkeit im deutsch-deutschen Vergleich]

Vergleich Case Study Neu-Altona. Bringing transnational expert networks into play in the post-war reconstruction of Hamburg, FRG.

Leibniz-Institute for Society and Space, Erkner.

2010 – 2013
Holidays after the Fall. Seaside Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia.
Research Commission Institut für Gebäudelehre, TU Graz (2010). Research project and book publication Institute TracingSpaces, Wien (2011–2013), funded by ERSTE Stiftung. With Michael Zinganel and Anke Hagemann.

2010 – 2011
Producing Socialist Urbanity. City centre planning in the Soviet Union in the 1960s (PhD project).
Guest researcher at the Moscow Architecture Institute, with research grants by the Swiss National Foundation (04.2010-03.2011) and the German Historical Institute Moscow (05-07.2011).

2009
Mobility in the Socialist City. [Mobilität in der sozialistischen Stadt.]
Research project funded by the Department Architektur, ETH Zürich.

2008
Socialist Centrality. Theory formation in Architecture and Town Planning in the USSR and the GDR in the late 1950s and 1960s

[Sozialistische Zentralität. Theoriebildung zu Architektur und Städtebau in der UdSSR und
der DDR in den späten 1950er und 1960er Jahren.]

Zentralität. Theoriebildung zu Architektur und Städtebau in der UdSSR und der DDR in den späten 1950er und 1960er Jahren. Research project funded by the Department Architektur, ETH Zürich.

2004 – 2005
Europäische Migrationsgeografien: Polen.
Research and publication project in collaboration with the journals An Architektur and ffm for the exhibition Projekt Migration, Köln 2005, funded by Kulturstitung des Bundes.

2002 – 2006
Shrinking Cities.
Research associate in the exhibition and publication project by the Project Office Philipp Oswalt, in collaboration with Bauhaus Dessau, GfzK Leipzig, ARCH+ and local working groups, funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. 

Teaching Activities+

WS 2010/2011
Seminar: Division of Labour. Industry locations and urbanization in a global economy. Architecture and Urbanism Masters Course, TU Stuttgart. With Anita Kaspar, Anke Hagemann and Philipp Misselwitz.

WS 2009/2010
Lecture: Architecture of the Post War Period. Architecture Bachelors Course, ETH Zürich.

WS 2008
Seminar: Elements of Architecture: The Conduit [Die Leitung]. Seminar series History and Theory of Architecture. Architecture Masters Course, ETH Zürich. With Anke Hagemann, Kim Förster and Laurent Stalder.

SS 2007
Seminar Week. Architecture for Tourism in Southern France, 1960s-1970s. Architecture Masters and Bachelors Course, ETH Zürich.

WS 2007
Seminar Elements of Architecture: The Opening [Die Öffnung]. Seminar series History and Theory of Architecture. Architecture Masters Course, ETH Zürich. With Anke Hagemann, Kim Förster and Laurent Stalder.

WS 2006
Seminar Elements of Architecture: The Ground [Der Boden]. Seminar series History and Theory of Architecture. Architecture Masters Course, ETH Zürich. With Achim Pietzcker, Kim Förster and Laurent Stalder.

SS 2006
Seminar Elements of Architecture: The Threshold [Die Schwelle]. Seminar series History and Theory of Architecture. Architecture Masters Course, ETH Zürich. With Achim Pietzcker, Kim Förster and Laurent Stalder.

WS 2006, WS 2007, WS 2008
Theory Modules in Integrated Studios. (Prof. Momoyo Kaijima, Prof. Dietmar Eberle). Architecture Masters Course, ETH Zürich.

WS 2006
Seminar Week. Cluster Buildings. Post War Architecture and Urbanism in London. Architecture Masters and Bachelors Course, ETH Zürich.

Publications+

Books

with Hagemann, A. and Zinganel, M. eds (2013) Holidays after the Fall. Seaside Architecture and Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia. Jovis

Book contributions

with Anke Hagemann (2017) Hotel Kontinental. Oliver Elser, Philip Kurz, Peter Cachola Schmal, eds. SOS Brutalismus. Eine internationale Bestandsaufnahme. Park Books. pp. 382-385. [engl. Version: Hotel Kontinental. Oliver Elser, Philip Kurz, Peter Cachola Schmal, eds. SOS Brutalism. A Global Survey. Park Books].

(2017) Die Aushandlung der Moderne im Zeichen des Kalten Kriegs: Sowjetische, afghanische und westliche Experten bei der Stadtplanung in Kabul in den 1960er Jahren. Penter, T., Meier, E., eds Sovietnam. Die Sowjetunion in Afghanistan, 1979–1989. Paderborn: Schöningh, pp. 55–81.

(2017) From 'New Units of Settlement' to the Old Arbat. The Soviet NĖR Group's Search for Spaces of Community. Moravánszky, A., Hopfengärtner, J., eds East West Central: Rebuilding Europe, Bd. 1: Re-Humanizing Architecture: New Forms of Community, 1950–1970. Basel: Birkhäuser, pp. 211–228.

(2016) Neu-Altona. Kontroversen über moderne Freiraumplanung in transnationalen Expertennetzwerken der Nachkriegszeit. Bernhardt, C., ed. Städtische öffentliche Räume. Planungen, Aneignungen, Aufstände 1945–2015, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, pp. 31–59.

with Anke Hagemann (2015) Bulgaria Builds. Holiday architecture and urbanism on the Black Sea coast from the 1950s to the 1970s. Serban, A., Dimou, K. and Istudor, S. Enchanting Views. Romanian Black Sea Tourism Planning and Architecture of the 1960s and '70s. Asociatia pepluspatru, pp. 206–223.

with Michael Zinganel (2013) 'Beside the seaside...' Architectures of a modern global longing. Beyer, E., Hagemann, A., Zinganel, M., eds Holidays after the Fall. Seaside Architecture and Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia. Jovis, pp. 35–53.

with Anke Hagemann (2013) Sun, Sea, Sand... and Architecture. How Bulgaria's Black Sea coast was turned into a tourist product, Beyer, E., Hagemann, A., Zinganel, M., eds Holidays after the Fall. Seaside Architecture and Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia. Jovis, pp. 57–146.

(2012) „Die Sowjetunion ist eine gewaltige Baustelle. "Architekturzentrum Wien ed. Sowjetmoderne 1955–1991, Park Books, pp. 256–271 [engl. Version: „The Soviet Union is an Enormous Construction Site." Architekturzentrum Wien ed. Soviet Modernism 1955–1991, Park Books, pp. 256–271].

(2011) Planning for Mobility: Designing City Centers and New Towns in the USSR and the GDR in the 1960s, Siegelbaum, L., ed. The Socialist Car. Automobility in the Eastern Bloc, Cornell University Press, pp. 71–91.

with Anke Hagemann (2008) Kulturelle Strategien für schrumpfende Städte. Reicher, C., et al., StadtPerspektiven. Positionen und Projekte zur Zukunft von Stadt und Raum. Krämer, pp. 100–108

(2007) Shrinking Cities: New Perspectives on Urban Development and Post-Socialist New Towns. Frieling, D.H., ed. Research on New Towns, Almere: International New Town Institute, pp. 153–172.

(2004) Postsozialismus: Russland, Oswalt, P., ed. Schrumpfende Städte. Bd. 1: Internationale Untersuchung, Hatje Cantz, pp. 74–78.

(1999) Kriegskrankenschwestern im Russischen Reich während des Ersten Weltkrieges im Spiegel ihrer Selbstdarstellungen. Scheide, C., Stegmann, C. Normsetzung und -überschreitung. Geschlecht in der Geschichte Osteuropas im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Bochum, pp. 65–83.

Refereed articles

(2012) Competitive Coexistence. Soviet Town Planning and Housing Projects in Kabul in the 1960s. Journal of Architecture, 17, No. 3, pp. 309–332.

Other articles and publications

with Anke Hagemann (2018) “Getting it right from the start”? Building spaces of transnational clothing
production in Ethiopia. Trialog. Zeitschrift für das Planen und Bauen im globalen Kontext (230/231),
(im Druck).

with Laurent Stalder and Anke Hagemann (2018) European Architecture 1945–1970. A + U
(Architecture + Urbanism) (17), Nr. 566, pp. 8–15.

with Anke Hagemann (2017) Der Einsturz des Rana Plaza in Bangladesch. Spezifische Ungleichheit und universale Verantwortung. ARCH+ (230).

with Anke Hagemann (2016) Patchwork Urbanism - Transnationale Räume der Bekleidungsproduktion in der Region Istanbul. dérive (63).

(2011) Obscestvennyj centr v gradostroitel'stve SSSR: na primerach diplomnych proektov 1950-ch godov iz archiva MARCHI, Moskovskij Architekturnyj Institut, ed. Nauka, obrazovanie i ėksperimentalnoe proektirovanie, Tezisy dokladov meždunarodnoj konferencii, Architektura-S.

guest editor with Anke Hagemann, Kim Förster and Laurent Stalder (2009) Schwellenatlas, Arch+. Glossary contributions: Abfallzerkleinerer, Babyklappe, Mobile Desinfektionsschleuse, Rohrpost, Schalter, Steckdose, WC.

(2006) Chronologien Detroit, Ivanovo, Manchester/Liverpool, Halle/Leipzig 1900–2000. Oswalt, P., ed. Shrinking Cities. Complete Works, Vol. 1, archplus.

mit Isolde Brade (2006) Postsozialistische Stadtentwicklung unter Schrumpfungsbedingungen. Oswalt, P., Rieniets, T., eds Atlas der schrumpfenden Städte, Hatje Cantz.

with An Architektur editorial team and FFM (2005) Europäische Migrationsgeografien, Polen. An Architektur (15).

(1997) Nach der Unterzeichnung der NATO-Rußland-Grundakte. Außenpolitische Optionen aus russischer Sicht, Aktuelle Analysen 43/1997, Bundesinstitut für ostwissenschaftliche und internationale Studien.

(1994) Frauenorganisationen in St. Petersburg (dt./russ.), Deutsch-Russischer Austausch, St. Petersburg.

Conferences+

Conference Papers

(2018) Manufacturing Infrastructures: Developing Industry Parks for the global clothing
industry in Ethiopia, American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting, New Orleans.

(2017) Cuts and Seams: Urban Effects of Transnational Clothing Production in South-East Bulgaria from the 1980s to the present. Conference: The Ins and Outs of Socialism. Second World Urbanity Network and Center for Urban History Lviv.

(2015) Exporting Soviet Urbanism as a Development Tool: Soviet-Assisted Planning and Building Projects for Kabul in the 1960s. Garage 4th International Conference: A Long and Happy Life. Building the Soviet City, 1955 To Now, Garage Museum for Contemporary Art, Moscow.

(2015) Freie Fahrt in die sozialistische Stadt. Automobilität und Städtebau in der UdSSR und der DDR in den 1960er Jahren. Conference Urban Automobility in Transition, IRS Erkner, Centre for Urban History, Leicester University, Berlin.

with Anke Hagemann (2015) Building a tourist product on the Black Sea Coast: Holiday Architecture at the Bulgarian Seaside since 1956, Conference: The Black Sea in the Socialist World, Birkbeck College, University of London.

(2014) 'Planning the future as a world city deserves it...' Bringing transnational expert networks into play in the post-war reconstruction of Hamburg, FRG (virtually), 12th International Conference on Urban History (EAUH), Lissabon.

(2014) Development planning transfer in Afghanistan. Symposium Histories of Development Planning Transfers 1945-1990, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin.

(2014) From New Elements of Settlement to the Old Arbat. The Soviet NĖR group's search for Socialist urbanity and spaces of community in the 1960s and 1970s. Conference EastWestCentral 01, ETH Zürich.

(2014) Building Institutions in Kabul in the 1960s. Sites, spaces and architectures of development cooperation
Final conference of the COST Action IS0904 'Crossing boundaries: Rethinking European architecture beyond Europe', Palermo.

(2014) Tourismusarchitektur für die große Zahl. Die staatlich gesteuerte Entwicklung des Languedoc-Roussillon zu einer modernen Ferienlandschaft seit den 1960er Jahrenm 13. Werkstattgespräch IRS Erkner.

(2013) Negotiating modern urban spaces. Debates on centrality as „production sites" of 1960s Soviet urbanism.
5th International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference, Tbilisi State University.

(2012) Stadträume einer sozialistischen Moderne: Konzeptuelle Bausteine des sowjetischen Projekts. 19. Wiener Architekturkongress, Architekturzentrum Wien.

(2012) Crown, Heart, or Leisure Park? Planning Modern Soviet Town Centers in the 1960s. ASEEES Convention (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies), New Orleans.

(2010) Competitive Coexistence. Soviet Town Planning and Housing Projects in Kabul in the 1960s Symposium South of East West, Berlage Institut Mobility. Implications of a global urban planning paradigm for socialist urbanism in the 1960s. New City Forum 2010, Tol'jatti, Russland.

(2010) Mobility. Implications of a global urban planning paradigm for socialist urbanism in
the 1960s. New City Forum 2010, Tol'jatti, Russland.

with Anke Hagemann (2009) Shrinking Cities, UN Habitat-Conference „City for All", Qazvin, Iran.

(2009) Mobility. Conference Words in Post-War Architectural Discourse, Institut gta, ETH Zürich.

(2009) Socialist New Towns. Town Planning in the USSR in the 1960s. Conference New Towns for the 21st Century: the Planned vs. the Unplanned City (PhD Meeting), International New Town Institute, Almere.

(2008) Urbanism vs. the Growth Paradigm. Conference CROSSTALKS: Paradigm Shifts in Energy Efficiency Perspectives, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

(2007) Tourism for the Greatest Number. Urbanism and Development Policies in Languedoc-Roussillon in the 1960s. Conference Freiheit Freizeit. Fluchtwege aus dem Alltag in der Architektur Ost- und Westeuropas 1960-1980, ETH Zürich.

(2006) Shrinking Cities – New Perspectives on Urban Development and Post-Socialist New Towns.
First Seminar of the International New Town Institute (INTI), Almere.

with Anke Hagemann (2005) Schrumpfende Städte. 4 internationale Fallstudien zu Problemen und Handlungsansätzen. Conference Stadtumbau in Hessen - Zukunft beginnt heute, Wirtschaftsministerium Hessen und Stadt Eschwege.

Conference panel chairs

with Richard Anderson (2018) Centralizations and Territories in the Architectural Production of the Socialist World, European Architectural History Network Conference (EAHN), Tallinn, June 2018

with Anke Hagemann (2018) Transnational Production Spaces. Integrating Global Production Networks and Urban Research, American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 2018.

with Michael Zinganel (2012) Holidays after the Fall: History and Transformation of Socialist Holiday Resorts. 2nd European Architectural History Network Meeting (EAHN), Brüssel.

with Florian Urban (2007) Vergleich und Verflechtung: Urbane Vergleichspraxis als Forschungsfeld. Workshop Urbane Kultur und ethnische Repräsentation: Berlin und Moskau auf dem Weg zur world-city?, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Convened Conferences

with Anke Hagemann (2017) Transnational Production Spaces. Symposium, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin.

Invited Lectures+

with Anke Hagemann (2013) Bauen für Balkantourist. Ferienarchitekturen an Bulgariens Schwarzmeerküste von den Fünfzigern bis heute, Vortragsreihe Architektur, Hermann-Henselmann-Stiftung, Berlin.

with Anke Hagemann (2013) Hotel Europa. Ferienarchitekturen an Bulgariens Schwarzmeerküste von den Fünfzigern bis heute, Universität der Nachbarschaften, HafenCity Universität Hamburg.

(2013) Urlaub nach dem Fall – Fallbeispiel Bulgarien. Vortrag, Depot, Wien.

(2013) Moderne Stadträume in der UdSSR: Arbeitsfelder und Denkfiguren. Forschungskolloquium Osteuropäische Geschichte, Universität Bielefeld.

(2011) Die Produktion sozialistischer Urbanität. Stadtzentrumsplanungen in der UdSSR in den 1960er Jahren.
Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau.

(2010) Das Äußere nach Innen stülpen: Die Neuordnung von privaten und öffentlichen Angelegenheiten durch Leitungsnetze in Gebäuden. Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Berlin.

(2008) Comparative Urban Research and Cultural Interventions. Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Arts, Copenhague.

with Alexander Lodyshkin (2005) Stadtentwicklung unter ‚harten' Transformationsbedingungen: Kleinstädte in der Region Ivanovo, IRS Erkner.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

2011
German Historical Institute, Moscow Short Term PhD Research and Travel Grant.
Awarded to undertake further research in Moscow for doctoral thesis Producing Socialist Urbanity. City centre planning in the Soviet Union in the 1960s

2010 – 2011
Swiss National Foundation Research and Travel Grant.
Awarded for a one-year research stay at the Moscow Architecture Institute for doctoral thesis Producing Socialist Urbanity. City centre planning in the Soviet Union in the 1960s

2009
ETH Zurich, Department Architektur Internal Research Funding.
Awarded for the one-year research project Mobility in the Socialist city

2008
ETH Zurich, Department Architektur Internal Research Funding.
Awarded for the one-year research project Socialist Centrality. Architecture and Urbanism Theory in the USSR and the GDR in the late 1950s and 1960s

2008, 2009
Erich Degen Stiftung Short Term Travel Grants.
Awarded to undertake research at the Russian State Archives and Shchusev Museum of Architecture, Moscow

1999 – 2000
Richard-Hofstadter-Fellowship, Columbia University, New York City.
For two terms as a visiting student in the Graduate program in History and Art History

1995 – 1999
Scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung).
For the Master of Arts program in History and East European Studies, Universität zu Köln, and two terms as a visiting student in the Masters course at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

Professional and Academic Affiliations+

Second World Urbanity Network
Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung e.V.
INURA International Network for Urban Research and Action