Sophie Mélix

Sophie Mélix works in the research department “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development” since April 2018. She ist part of the sub-project "Digitale städtebauliche Planungen: Planerisches Handeln und materiell-physische Anordnungen” of the DFG-funded collaborative research centre “Re-figurations of Spaces” since April 2018.

She completed her studies of architecture with a focus on urban design as a graduate engineer at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT). In her graduate thesis she investigated public spaces and their potential for future development in a neighbourhood in Seoul/South Korea that is shaped by large housing development. In addition she worked for the German-Korean joint research project "Urban Voids. Potentials for a sustainable city development" at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT). From 2013 she worked in an office for urban planning in the fields of urban development in Germany, urban land-use planning, design competitions und urban design studies.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Urban Research
Visualisation in Urban Planning
Disciplines
Architecture
Urban Planning
Urban Studies
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Image 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

Digital visualizations play an important role in urban planning and architecture practice today. Photorealistic renderings are produced in ever increasing quantities during all kinds and stages of planning processes. Questioning the production and use of photorealistic images can enhance understanding of the different rationalities that are being negotiated in urban development processes. 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.

Selected Publications by Type

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

2019
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