Hi I’m Martin Spalek, programme coordinator and research assistant at urbanes.land. I live and work in Biberach, Berlin and Zürich.

B.A. Architecture &
B.Sc. Business Administration and Engineering

Feel free to contact
me via email at martin.spalek@urbanes.land

Martin Spalek is a research associate and program coordinator in the research area urbanes.land at Biberach University of Applied Sciences. As a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Engineering, he has been responsible at the institute since the beginning of 2018 for the areas of coordination and project management in processes with different stakeholders as well as the development of innovative communication methods and digital tools in planning. Martin has actively helped to establish the research field and therefore has a broad overview of the state of the art of research on urbanized spaces of „medium density“ in Germany and Europe.

Martin studied in Berlin, Biberach and Tampere and has several years of professional practice in project management of large-scale infrastructure planning. He is involved in an international research project at the Habitat Unit of the TU Berlin. A particular focus of his work is on polycentric spatial structures, cartography, financing approaches for collaborative and co-productive sustainable planning, and processes of critical participation and urban development through action.

Current research and innovative practise

Co-Editor Transforming Peripheries Magazine _ Scaling, character, structure and levers of regional transformation outside of big city cores
Project Lead CAMPUS ZUKUNFT _ Development path towards a climate-neutral university in rural areas
Lecturer Architecture at Hochschule Biberach _ Critical Co-design, Co-produced City and Urban Intervention

Martin Spalek, Andre´ Bleicher et al. (2021): Mobilitätswende im ländlichen Raum – Hochschulen als Schrittmacher, in: Die Neue Hochschule 6/2021, DUZ, Berlin.

Martin Spalek & Ute Meyer (2020): Resonanzraum und Rohling – Gibt es die „Stadt der kurzen Wege“ in der Peripherie zwischen Stadt und Land?, in: Transforming Cities 3/2020, Trialog Publishers, Baiersbronn.

Ute Meyer & Martin Spalek (2020): Framing the edges – Potentials of urbanized territories along mobility infrastructures, in: topos 110/mobility, Callwey, Munich.

Beiträge in Habitat Unit (exp. 2020): The Social City – Urban development and housing projects in Berlin and Naples in the postwar era. TU Verlag, Berlin. 

  • Vito Capasso, Natalia Kvitkova, Giada Limongi & Martin Spalek. Design and Implementation: Failures and opportunities
  • Martin Spalek. Marzahn-Hellersdorf: Datasheet on the Großwohnsiedlung Marzahn as an example of the GDR Housing Programme from 1973
More Projects

2019: Project Lead Transforming Peripheries Conference @urbanes.land | 2019: Researcher The Social City @HabitatUnit | 2017: Management Consultant Infrastructure Finance @DB Netz AG | 2016: Consultant Business Development @gaetan | 2012: Project Lead Business Development @AirportBER | 2011: Project Manager Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer @AirportBER

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Hochschule Biberach

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Tel: +49 7351 582-201
Mail: mail@urbanes.land

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