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 2014. He works at the intersection of urban-regional theory, planning and sociology. His research interests lie in the areas of extended urbanisation processes and rural-urban transformation; social movements and their impact on urban-regional development; and participatory urban-regional planning and politics. With 'Studio Rural+‘, throughout the last years, he has been teaching several BA and MA courses and teaching research projects within this field.

Currently, 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: The spatial politics of global interdependency: Chinese Large-scale corporate investments and small town development in Eastern Germany.

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, an office for research and practice in strategic urban and regional development based in Berlin. He studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.


2006 – 2014
Diploma in Architecture and Urban Planning (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 2019
Research Associate & Doctoral Candidate
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Since 2018
Co-founder of studioetcetera, Berlin

Visiting Scholar
CAUP, Urban Planning Department, Tongji University Shanghai

2014 - 2019
Researcher & Lecturer
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

2013 - 2018
Freelancer in Architecture, Urbanism and Research

Research Projects+

Since 2019
Urban-Rural Assembly (BMBF, 2019-2024)
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Since 2018
Doctoral Thesis
(Working Title) 'Chinese Global Investment and its Transformative Impact on Everyday Trans-Local Socio-Spatial Practices in the Hinterland of Germany and China: A Comparative and Multi-Sited Ethnography'
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

2018 - 2019
DIAGNOSE 1968/2019: Critical Perspectives on the Legacy of Reform and Revolt in Architecture, Planning and Urbanism (bpb, 2018-2019)
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin; EUS, TU Darmstadt; sub\urban. zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung

2014 - 2018
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.
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Teaching Activities+

SS 2018
Re:Form - Eden;
Architecture, Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning master's course, NBL & Habitat Unit, TU Berlin (with Nina Pawlicki, Matt Crabbe, Sebastian Latz)

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)


Edited Volume

(2020) Interfaces, URA Periodical, Issue 01, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin. DOI:10.14279/depositonce-10570 (with Xiaoxue Gao, Ava Lynam, Philipp Misselwitz)

(2019) Time as infrastructure: For an analysis of contemporary urbanization, City, Vol. 23,4-5. DOI:10.1080/13604813.2019.1689726 (with Natalia Besedovsky, Fritz-Julius Grafe, Hanna Hilbrandt)

Book contributions

(2018) 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. DOI: 10.14361/9783839444283-021

Other articles and publications

(2021) Shifting Grounds: Chinese Corporate Investments in Rural Thuringia and the Expanded Reproduction of Capital after Western Hegemony, trans (#38) Reproduction, Zürich: gta-Verlag, pp. 107-112.

(2021) Her(R)bergskirchen Thüringer Wald — Vom Pilotprojekt zur aktiven Regionalentwicklung, In: STADTLAND. IBA Magazin #7. 74-77.

(2019) RE:EDEN. Neue Denk- und Handlungsräume, Re:Eden Neue Blicke auf die älteste Reformsiedlung Deutschlands, Berlin: Jovis Verlag. 124-127. (with Nina Pawlicki, Team DIS+KO)

(2017)  “后乡村城镇化”与乡村振兴——当代德国乡村规划探索及对中国的启示 Post-Rural Urbanization and Rural Revitalization: Can China Learn from New Planning Approaches in Contemporary Germany?, In: City Planning Review, 11:111-119. (with Huang Huang, Yang Guiqing, Philipp Misselwitz)

(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 Brave New Alps)

(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. (with Nina Gribat and Mario Schulze)

(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

(2019/09) Everyday Utopias. Kooperative Zukunftsgestaltung im Thüringer Wald, Die Zukunft auf dem Land. Imaginationen und Narrationen futuristischer Entwicklungen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg & Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Eiermannbau Apolda.

(2019/03) Post-Rural Urbanities: A Comparative Study of (Innovative) Socio-Spatial Practices in Urbanised Hinterlands across Germany and China, Planetary Urbanization and Architectural Research, Workshop, Manchester Urban Institute, The University of Manchester, UK. 

(2018/08) Urban-Rural Assembly. The Interconnected City in Germany and China. Sino-German Workshop on Urbanization and Urban Development. Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China (CCST), TU Berlin.

(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+

Since 2018
studio etcetera, Berlin, Co-Founder

Since 2015
NYLON Berlin / Einstein Research Group

Since 2015
Regional Studies Association (RSA), Early Career Member