Martin Schinagl

Martin Schinagl works in the research department “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development” in the sub-project "Digitale städtebauliche Planungen: Planerisches Handeln und materiell-physische Anordnungen” of the DFG-funded special research field “Re-figurations of Spaces” since March 2018.

He completed his Bachelor of Science in human geography and sociology at the University of Potsdam. It was followed by a Master of Arts in European Ethnology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. His Master’s thesis “Online Dating – Culture, Practice, Desiring Machine” included an empirical anthropological study on new urban cultures of mediatized forms of becoming acquainted. From 2015 to 2018 he worked as freelance teacher and instructor in the sector of informal youth education and vocational training. The focus lay on antidiscrimination, conflict management, migration, and social studies.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Visualisation in Urban Planning
Urban Planning and Development
Disciplines
Sociology
Ethnology
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Ethnographical Methods
Grounded Theory Method
Semi-Structured Interviews
Content Analysis
Participatory Observation
Text Analysis

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

“Re-Figuration of Spaces” is the first sociology-led Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) to be funded by the German Research Foundation. It aims to investigate the comprehensive spatial reorganisation of global scale that has been caused by an increase in the global circulation of people and goods, the development and dissemination of digital communications technologies, and the thus entailed growth of worldwide interconnections. Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christmann of the IRS is involved in the CRC as a member of the management board and as spokesperson for Project Area B, “Spaces of Communication”, and leads the sub-project “Digital Urban Planning: Planning Practices and Physical Arrangements”. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

Simulation, GIS and CAD software, 3D visualizations, 3D printers and drone technology have become part of the digital infrastructure for planners. They use digital tools and software to analyze, understand and shape the future of cities. The dissertation project investigates how digital arrangements coconstruct the design and planning practicse of urban planners. Martin Schinagl does this by applying methods of qualitative social research and ethnographic workplace research in private and public planning offices. By cross-culturally comparing a number of planning offices in different cities of the world (Lagos, New York, Frankfurt), the project aims to find out how communicative actions and spatial imaginations differ and resemble each other in mediatized working environments. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Mélix, S., & Schinagl, M. (2019). Imagining Space and Envisionting Futures: A Bi-Disciplinary Approach to Digital Urban Planning. 57-63. Alternatives to the Present , Cleveland, United States.
Schinagl, M. (2019). Tagungsbericht: Re-Figuration von Räumen und der Kulturvergleich: 14.06.2018 – 15.06.2018 Berlin. H-Soz-u-Kult.

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Schinagl, M. (2019). Tagungsbericht: Re-Figuration von Räumen und der Kulturvergleich: 14.06.2018 – 15.06.2018 Berlin. H-Soz-u-Kult.
Article in Conference Documentation
Mélix, S., & Schinagl, M. (2019). Imagining Space and Envisionting Futures: A Bi-Disciplinary Approach to Digital Urban Planning. 57-63. Alternatives to the Present , Cleveland, United States.

Talks

2020
Planerische Technoscapes und digitale Raumkonstruktionen

Neue Kulturgeographie XVII: Technoscapes & Technocultures

January/31/2020
Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

2019
Digital Spatial Imaginations: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Urban Planning.

In and Beyond the City

September/21/2019
India Habitat Center, Delhi, India

Digitale räumliche Imaginationen - Epistem, Handlung, Artefakt und Raum in der Planung

Tübinger Spring School 2019 "Qualitativ Forschen"

April/12/2019
Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Maschinen räumlicher Imagination: Digitale Agency in der städtebaulichen Planung

Architektur, Gesellschaft, Digitalisierung

March/09/2019
Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Digital Urban Planning: Planning-Oriented Actions and Physical-Material Arrangements

Re-Figuration of Spaces: Mediatization, Mobility, Globalization and Social Dislocation

February/21/2019
Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2018
Digital Urban Planning: Planning practices and physical arrangements

Alternatives to the Present

November/01/2018
Cleveland, United States

Machines of spatial imagination: Digital agency in urban planning

3rd Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Center 1199 "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition"

October/06/2018
Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany