Dr. Monika Motylinska
Junior Research Group Leader | 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 to 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.

Apart from her research for the core project of the Department for Historical Research on socio-spatial disparities in East and West Germany, since November 2018 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 Third-party Funded Projects

This project investigates how major German construction companies conquered markets and spaces, thereby cementing their presence in different regions of the Global South, and it will trace the footprints left behind, long after the dust of the construction sites settled. It draws on the observation that it is impossible to properly understand the complexity of the built environment in these regions without acknowledging and analysing the role of construction companies such as HOCHTIEF AG or Bilfinger Berger as actors, stakeholders, transnational legal entities and major driving forces in the processes of globalised construction business. However, in the existing body of research this perspective has been overlooked, except for rare exemptions. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Bernhardt, C., Butter, A., Motylinska, M., & Burckhardt, D. Architekturprojekte der DDR im Ausland: Bauten, Akteure und kulturelle Transferprozesse. Onlinedatenbank zum Architekturexport der DDR
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

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.
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 Forum or Blog
Bernhardt, C., Butter, A., Motylinska, M., & Burckhardt, D. Architekturprojekte der DDR im Ausland: Bauten, Akteure und kulturelle Transferprozesse. Onlinedatenbank zum Architekturexport der DDR
Motylinska, M. A Failure Upon Completion: Heidelberg's 'Concrete Ghetto' Still Stands 45 Years On

Talks

2019
Post Wall Heritage - Zum Umgang mit der DDR-Architektur in den 90 Jahren

Architekturdiskurse der 90er Jahre in Berlin

December/05/2019
Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Berlin

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
Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

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

71st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians 2018

April/20/2018
St. Paul, United States

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

15. Werkstattgespräch zur DDR-Planungsgeschichte

January/18/2018
IRS Erkner, Erkner , Germany

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
Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

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
Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Germany

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
Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Germany

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
Erkner, Erkner, Germany

How Much Rebuilding?: On Handling the Postwar Modernist Architecture

Umbauten zwischen Funktionswandel und weltanschaulicher Anpassung

March/18/2017
Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany

Communicating Unwanted Heritage?

International Conference Urban Heritage Activism

March/17/2017
Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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
Erkner, Erkner, Germany

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

Adaptive Re-use. The Modern Movement Towards the Future

September/08/2016
Lissabon, Portugal, Lissabon, Portugal, Portugal

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
Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

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

Neue Freigeist Fellowships
(Bio Spektrum, 11/01/2019)
Export-Hit Zementanlagen
(Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, 04/27/2019)