Dr. Monika Motylinska
Research Associate | Department for Historical Research

Monika Motylinska (*1986) graduated in 2009 in heritage protection at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun in Poland. In 2012 she received her second MA-degree in history and technology of art the Technical University Berlin (DAAD fellowship) 

In December 2016, she defended her PhD thesis at the Technical University Berlin on handling the post-war heritage in Germany. For her doctoral research she was granted a fellowship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (February 2013-January 2016).

 

Between October 2016 and October 2018 she was a Gerda Henkel research fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space in Erkner in a project investigating the GDR architecture abroad in the context of transnational networks.

Since November 2018 apart from her research for the core project of the Department for Historical Research on socio-spatial disparities in East and West Germany, she is working on her second monograph on the projects by German construction companies in the 'Global South' during the 20th century.

 

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Building and Planning History of the German Democratic Republic
Cultural Globalization
Disciplines
Architectural History
Historical Urban Research
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Analyses of Iconography and Architectural History
Image Analysis
Case Study Design
Text Analysis

Projects

Ongoing Lead Projects

For a long time, it has been commonly assumed that social disparities within and between towns and cities were less pronounced in the socialist system of the GDR compared to the market economy in the West-German Republic. However, newer findings show that there were analogies and parallel developments in both systems which, starting in the 1960s, led to growing socio-spatial disparities in West Germany as well as the GDR. In terms of planning policy responses, too, there are indications of analogous developments. This lead project seeks to develop an integrated analysis framework for the historical study of socio-spatial disparities across system boundaries for the first time, and to apply it empirically. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2017
Motylinska, M. A Failure Upon Completion: Heidelberg's 'Concrete Ghetto' Still Stands 45 Years On
Motylinska, M. (2017). Radikal berlinisch? Die Diskussionen über den Umgang mit der Architektur der 1960er Jahre bis zur Jahrtausendwende . In K. Wittmann-Englert (Ed.), Verflechtungen: Berlin in der Architektur der 1960er Jahre (pp. 71-80). Ludwigsburg: Wüstenrot-Stiftung.
2016
Motylinska, M. (2016). ‚Ape Rock’ or an Icon of Brutalist Architecture in Germany? In A. Tostoes, & Z. Ferreira (Eds.), Adaptive Reuse: The Modern Movement towards the Future (pp. 444-450). Docomomo International.
Motylinska, M. (2016). A „Concrete Ghetto“ or a „Prime Example with Blemishes“? On Reputation of the Housing Estate Emmertsgrund in Germany. Paper presented at Reinterpreting Cities : International Conference on Urban History, Helsinki, Finland.

Selected Publications by Type

Conference Paper
Motylinska, M. (2016). A „Concrete Ghetto“ or a „Prime Example with Blemishes“? On Reputation of the Housing Estate Emmertsgrund in Germany. Paper presented at Reinterpreting Cities : International Conference on Urban History, Helsinki, Finland.
Contribution to Anthology
Motylinska, M. (2017). Radikal berlinisch? Die Diskussionen über den Umgang mit der Architektur der 1960er Jahre bis zur Jahrtausendwende . In K. Wittmann-Englert (Ed.), Verflechtungen: Berlin in der Architektur der 1960er Jahre (pp. 71-80). Ludwigsburg: Wüstenrot-Stiftung.
Motylinska, M. (2016). ‚Ape Rock’ or an Icon of Brutalist Architecture in Germany? In A. Tostoes, & Z. Ferreira (Eds.), Adaptive Reuse: The Modern Movement towards the Future (pp. 444-450). Docomomo International.
Contribution to Forum or Blog
Motylinska, M. A Failure Upon Completion: Heidelberg's 'Concrete Ghetto' Still Stands 45 Years On

Talks

2018
Botschaften der DDR – eine architekturhistorische Perspektive

December/12/2018

A Success Story? On the GDR Export of Cement Plants

Exporting Socialism, Making Business? Intercultural Transfer, Circulation and Appropriations of Architecture in the Cold War Period

June/22/2018

Striving for Recognition - GDR Embassies from the 1950s and 1960s

71st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians 2018

April/20/2018

Architekturprojekte der DDR im Ausland: Bauten, Akteure, kulturelle Transferprozesse

15. Werkstattgespräch zur DDR-Planungsgeschichte

January/18/2018

2017
The COMECON and Knowledge Production in the Fields of Architecture and Town Planning

Spaces of Interaction between the Socialist Camp and the Global South: Knowledge Production, Trade, and Scientific-Technical Cooperation in the Cold War Era

October/26/2017

Excluded from the Canon of the Postwar Modernism in Germany?: On Handling the Architectural Heritage from the 1950s and 1960s

Canonization of Modernism

August/14/2017

In Search of a Better World?: Migrations of Modernist Architects from the GDR to Latin America

19. International Conference of the Modernist Studies Association (MSA)

August/10/2017

Seeking Recognition, Making Business.: The Export of GDR Architecture

Export of Architecture in the Cold War Period: Projects, Actors and Cultural Transfers

July/07/2017

How Much Rebuilding?: On Handling the Postwar Modernist Architecture

Umbauten zwischen Funktionswandel und weltanschaulicher Anpassung

March/18/2017

Communicating Unwanted Heritage?

Urban Heritage Activism

March/17/2017

2016
Towards the 'World Niveau': Architectural Export of the GDR: Path, Results und Repercussions

Migration und Baukultur von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart

November/24/2016

‚Ape Rock’ or an Icon of Brutalist Architecture in Germany?

Adaptive Re-use. The Modern Movement Towards the Future

September/08/2016

A „Concrete Ghetto“ or a „Prime Example with Blemishes“?: On Reputation of the Housing Estate Emmertsgrund in Germany

Reinterpreting Cities : International Conference on Urban History

August/26/2016

News
November/24/2017

After WW II, architecture was used and misused as an ideological signifier for competing systems and for new national identities. Diverse actors and networks took part in architectural exchange within the blocks and beyond the Iron Curtain. Different aid projects posed an attempt to overcome political and economic divides, but at the same time they were often considered as foreign imposition or neo-colonial practice. Tensions between commercial interests and solidarity arose. The conference investigates the multi-layered and multi-centred exchanges between the Global South and socialist as well as capitalist countries relation to architecture and constructing industry from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Call for Papers is open until December 20, 2017. more info

Dr. Monika Motylinska in the Media

Export-Hit Zementanlagen
(Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, 04/27/2019)