Architect and Urban Researcher; Activist, Author and Facilitator of Collaborative Urban Processes. Since April 2017 Studio Commissioner for Berlin at Kulturwerk of bbk berlin.


Urban Development and Design / Citizen Participation / Cross-Sectoral Cooperations (Politics, Culture, Economy, Civil Society) / Transparent Property Policy / Cultural Funding / Urban Commons


Born 1975 in Münster/Westf / 1998 -2004 Studies in Architecture, Urban Design and Experimental Media Design in Berlin (UdK) / from 2004 Consultant and planner in the field of urban development 2006/2007 Assistant Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art Copenhagen / 2013 PhD with Prof. Herrle (TU Berlin - Habitat Unit) on Urban Development in Istanbul / 2013-2017 Program Director of the Program "Actors of Urban Change" (Robert Bosch Foundation and MitOst eV) / since April 2017 studio commissioner for Berlin

As a city researcher active since 2012 within the framework of the Urban Research Group (URG) - Urban Commons at the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research at the Berlin Humboldt University. Was responsible for international scientific exchange as well as conferences and publications on urban development, citizen participation, culture, and urban commons. You can find a complete list of publications here.

In the field of cultural promotion from 2013 to 2017 program director of "Actors of Urban Change", a Europe-wide funding program of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the association MitOst. In various European cities and beyond (including Bologna, Skopje, Porto, Athens, Kaunas, Berlin, and Krasnoyarsk/Siberia) cultural initiatives and civil society groups have been supported to contribute to sustainable urban development and to cooperate with the local economy and city administration. A program description can be found here.


As a planner and expert he accompanied various urban development projects, for example at the former flower wholesale market in Berlin Kreuzberg or some parts of the neighborhood management in Schillerkiez in Berlin.



© Martin Schwegmann 2020