Habitat Unit

Researcher & Doctoral Candidate

Hannes Langguth

Hannes Langguth


Room A 410 
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 29177 
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907

Curriculum Vitae

Hannes Langguth has been a researcher at Habitat Unit since May 2014. He 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 studied architecture at the Technical University Braunschweig and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Hannes is part of the Urban-Rural Assembly (BMBF, 2019-2024) research team, looking at inclusive transformation-to-sustainability processes at the urban-rural interface of the Huangyan-Taizhou region in Zhejiang Province, China. Besides that he is conducting his doctoral thesis with the working title: 'Post-Rural Urbanisms: A Comparative Study of Socio-Spatial Practices in Urbanised Hinterlands across Germany and China'. With his research Hannes seeks to investigate extended urbanisation processes across post-rural territories in Germany and China producing new urbanities within and, crucially, beyond traditional cities and metropolitan areas. Through the combination of academic research and integrated participatory approaches, the main objective of his work is to critically engage in urban-rural transformation processes aiming an inclusive urban-regional transformation-to-sustainability and its more sophisticated conceptualisation. With 'Studio Rural+‘, throughout the last years, he has been teaching several Master design courses and teaching research projects within this field.

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 studioetcetera, a cooperative practice in architecture and research based in Berlin.


Since 2016
Doctoral Dissertation (Preparation)
(Working Title) Post-Rural Urbanism: A Comparative Study of Alternative Socio-Spatial Practices in Urbanised and Dispersed Hinterlands across Germany and China

2006 – 2014
Diploma in Architecture (Dipl.-Ing), TU Braunschweig
(Thesis) Growing Home - Nachhaltige Transformation obsoleter Orte zwischen ‘Stadt’ und ‘Land’: Das Beispiel der ehemaligen Bezirksgärtnerei Berlin-Marienfelde. (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Prof. Gabriele Kiefer)

2009 – 2010
Studies on the Platform for ‘Geography, Landscapes, Cities’ at Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Employment History+

Since 2014
Researcher & Doctoral Candidate
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Since 2013
Freelancer in Architecture, Urbanism and Research

2010 – 2011
Fulltime Internship
Studio Ball Nogues, Los Angeles

2007 – 2009
Student Assistant and Tutor in Teaching
IMD, Institute of Media and Design, TU Braunschweig

Research Projects+

Since 2016
Doctoral Thesis
(Working Title) Post-Rural Urbanism: A Comparative Study of Alternative Socio-Spatial Practices in Urbanised and Dispersed Hinterlands across Germany and China 

Since 2014
Teaching Research Project: Studio Rural+
Comparative research on urbanised Hinterland regions across Germany and China aiming to conceptualise contemporary hybrid rural-urban interrelations, lifestyles and urbanities across socio-spatial sites, practices and scales alike.

Teaching Activities+

WS 2017/2018
Design Studio: Diagnose 1968-2018; Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

WS 2016/2017
Design Studio: Studio Rural+ / Alpine Commons; Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

WS 2015/2016
Design Studio: Studio Rural+ / Chinese Villages Revisited; Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

SS 2015
Design Studio: Studio Rural+ / Scenarios for urbanised landscapes beyond the city; Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

WS 2014/2015
Teaching Research Project: Studio Rural+ / Re-thinking regional identities in the Free State of Thuringia; Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

SS 2014
Design Studio: Studio Rural+ / Off the Grid. An artist refuge in post-rural Thailand; Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

SS 2013
Teaching Research Project: Dreams of Beyond: Revisiting the urban periphery of Berlin; Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, Habitat Unit, TU Berlin (with Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz)


Book contributions

(2018, forthcoming) Zwischen Entfremdung und Resonanz: Anmerkungen zur Grundlage kooperativer Formen rurbaner Landschaftsentwicklung am Beispiel der alpinen Region Vallagarina, in: Maria Fröhlich-Kulik/Sigrun Langner (Hg.), Rurbane Landschaften – Perspektiven des Ruralen in einer urbanisierten Welt, Bielefeld: transcript.

Other articles and publications

with Brave New Alps (2017) Post-Rural Futures in an Urbanising World? Re-Approaching Decentralised Urbanism in Alpine Regions through the Lens of Community Economies. MONU (#26) Decentralised Urbanism, Rotterdam.

with Nina Gribat and Mario Schulze (2015) “Make-Shift-Urbanismus” in den Zeiten einer “Absoluten Gegenwart”? Auf den Spuren städtischer Praktiken um das Ostkreuz in Berlin. sub\urban.zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung, Band 3, Heft 3. Berlin.

with Nina Gribat and Mario Schulze (2015) “Make City” in Times of an “Absolute Present”? Exploring alternative urban practices at Ostkreuz, Berlin. MONU (#23) Participatory Urbanism, Rotterdam.

(2012) Dakar: Wohnbedürfnisse der Migrationsbevölkerung. In: Johannes Fiedler, Melanie Humann, Manuela Kölke (eds.) Radical Standard. Zur städtebaulichen Umsetzung von Spatial Justice. Technische Universität Braunschweig.


Conference Papers

(2018) Urban-Rural Assembly: Kooperative Formen post-ruraler Entwicklung im Kontext globaler Urbanisierungsprozesse, Konstruieren, Analysieren, Gestalten: Ländliche Räume zwischen Theorie, Empirie und Praxis, Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreises 'Ländlicher Raum', Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel.

(2017) Kooperative Formen post-ruraler (Re)Organisation: Zur Zukunft der alpinen Region Vallagarina im Kontext globaler Urbanisierungsprozesse, Rurbane Landschaften – Perspektiven des Ruralen in einer urbanisierten Welt, Symposium, Bauhaus Universität, Weimar.

(2015) The role of self-organisation within regional development: Cases from post-rural Thuringia, The Horizontal Metropolis: A Radical Project, International PhD Symposia, EPFL – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne.

(2015) Post-Ruralism? Towards a new understanding of ‚peripheral‘ urbanisation processes and emerging socio-spatial practices in remote and marginalised regions of Eastern Germany, Winners and losers: Why are the effects of regional policy so different?, International PhD Symposia, Czech Technical University, Prague.

(2015) Re-thinking sub-regional identities through self-organisation: Cases from post-rural Thuringia, Polycentric City Regions in Transformation – The Agglomeration Ruhr in international Perspective, International Conference, Panel II: Two Scale Urbanism, Zeche Zollverein, Essen.

Invited Lectures+

with Christian Haid (2018) Contemporary Architectural and Urban Development in Berlin-Kreuzberg and the Legacy of 1968 (City Walk and lecture), 16th Annual NYLON Conference, jointly organised by NYLON Network members from New York City (NYU), London (LSE & Goldsmith's) and Berlin (Humboldt-Universität).

(2016) Berlin’s Contemporary Urban Development in the Face of (Post)Democracy: The Case Park am Gleisdreieck (City Walk and lecture), International Conference: Common Room – Architecture, Democracy and Emotions since 1945, organised by Max Planck Institute of Human Development.

(2015) Post-Rural Urbanisation in Eastern Germany, Huangyan Symposium: Sino-German Rural Settlements Sustainable Development 2015, organised by Department of Urban Development (DUP) at Tongji University Shanghai, Huangyan, Taizhou, China.

with Nina Gribat and Mario Schulze (2015) Ostkreuz – In Search for a Collective Future? (City tour and lecture) B-Tour Festival 2015, Berlin/Leipzig.

with Nina Gribat and Mario Schulze (2015) Stadträumliche und Architektonische Praktiken der Absoluten Gegenwart. Eine Spurensuch rund um das Ostkreuz (City tour and lecture) Absolute Gegenwart, Event Series, Engagierte Wissenschaften e.V. in collaboration with Institut für Zukunft Leipzig, ://about blank, Berlin.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

Chinese Government Scholarship
Full stipend awarded to develop field research in China and support Doctoral Dissertation (6 months)

ARL Travel Grant
Participation in International PhD Symposia, funded by Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL)

DAAD Travel Grant
Field-Research, Columbia University, New York (1 month)

Blue Award by Vienna University of Technology for Urban Design Project

Architectural idea competition by CONDITIONS Magazine #7, The Future of Competitions

Professional and Academic Affiliations+