Dr. Monika Motylinska
Research Associate | Department for Historical Research

Monika Motylinska, born in 1986 in Poland, is an architectural historian, currently a research fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space in Erkner (Oct 2016-Sept 2018). Her ongoing research project investigates the GDR architecture abroad in the context of transnational networks and cultural transfer.

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 (Feb 2013-Jan 2016).

She holds a Master’s degree in heritage protection from the Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun and a Master of Arts in art history from the Technical University Berlin. 

Her main research interests lie in the field of architectural and urban history of the postwar period as well as in heritage protection of modern architecture. 

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

The project focusses on the question to what extent the architects from the GDR – a country whose building practice was increasingly shaped by the principles of industrial prefabrication – have played a part in regional contexts, structures and construction methods. This implicates the issue of possible freedom of action for the planners in creative transfer and fusion processes. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2017
Motylinska, M. (2017). Radikal berlinisch?: Die Diskussionen über den Umgang mit der Architektur der 1960er Jahre bis zur Jahrtausendwende . in K. Wittmann-Englert (Hrsg.), Verflechtungen: Berlin in der Architektur der 1960er Jahre. (S. 71-80). Ludwigsburg: Wüstenrot-Stiftung.
2016
Motylinska, M. (2016). ‚Ape Rock’ or an Icon of Brutalist Architecture in Germany?. in A. Tostoes, & Z. Ferreira (Hrsg.), Adaptive Reuse: The Modern Movement towards the Future. (S. 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. in: Section M33 “At Home in the “Concrete Jungle”: : Lived Experience and Reputation in Twentieth-century Mass Housing

Selected Publications by Type

Conference papers
Motylinska, M. (2016). A „Concrete Ghetto“ or a „Prime Example with Blemishes“?: On Reputation of the Housing Estate Emmertsgrund in Germany. in: Section M33 “At Home in the “Concrete Jungle”: : Lived Experience and Reputation in Twentieth-century Mass Housing
Contributions to Anthologies
Motylinska, M. (2017). Radikal berlinisch?: Die Diskussionen über den Umgang mit der Architektur der 1960er Jahre bis zur Jahrtausendwende . in K. Wittmann-Englert (Hrsg.), Verflechtungen: Berlin in der Architektur der 1960er Jahre. (S. 71-80). Ludwigsburg: Wüstenrot-Stiftung.
Motylinska, M. (2016). ‚Ape Rock’ or an Icon of Brutalist Architecture in Germany?. in A. Tostoes, & Z. Ferreira (Hrsg.), Adaptive Reuse: The Modern Movement towards the Future. (S. 444-450). Docomomo International.

Talks

2017
How Much Rebuilding?

Umbauten zwischen Funktionswandel und weltanschaulicher Anpassung

March/18/2017 Cottbus

Communicating Unwanted Heritage?

Urban Heritage Activism

March/17/2017 Berlin

2016
Towards the 'World Niveau'

Migration und Baukultur von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart

November/24/2016 Erkner

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

Adaptive Re-use. The Modern Movement Towards the Future

September/08/2016 Lissabon, Portugal

A „Concrete Ghetto“ or a „Prime Example with Blemishes“?

Reinterpreting Cities. 13th International Conference on Urban History

August/26/2016 Helsinki

Memberships

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