/ The aim of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1265 “Re-Figuration of Spaces” is to investigate the comprehensive spatial reorganisation processes caused by the intensification of transnational forms of economy, radical changes in the global political geography, the development and proliferation of digital communication technologies, and the increase in the global circulation of people and goods since the late 1960s.

The basic assumption of the CRC “Re-Figuration of Spaces” is that as a result of the social transformations usually referred to as globalization, the relationship between people and spaces gets to be renegotiated, rearranged and transformed in complex ways. We start from the programmatic assumption that complementary to the chronological acceleration of communicative action also spatial processes of mediatisation, polycontexturalisation and translocalisation play a central role in these processes.

The collaborative research project is designed to analyse spatial transformation processes in order to contribute to a better understanding of current social conflicts and uncertainties that threaten to destabilise societies, and by including architecture and planning issues for the first time in a CRC, we hope to be able to advance alternative models for the development of public spaces.

The close collaboration across multiple specialized fields such as sociology, geography, architecture, media and communication studies, the arts, and planning opens up excellent opportunities to develop innovative methodologies in the study of space, and joint research will help to flesh out the profile of future transdisciplinary spatial research.

Research is organised into three major project areas: “Knowledge of Space”, “Spaces of Communication” and “Circulation and Order”, each of which addresses different angles and aspects of the key question how the current refigurations unfold.

The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1265 is hosted at Technische Universität Berlin and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) during the first funding period 2018–2021. Along with TU Berlin also Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Münster Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, and Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space e.V. (IRS) are involved in the joint project as partner institutions.


Knowledge of Space


Geographic Imaginations: People's Sense of Security and Insecurity in a Cross-Generational Comparison

Ilse Helbrecht, Institute of Geography, HU Berlin
project staff: Miro Born, Ylva Kürten

Education: The Spatial Knowledge of Children and Young Adults in Their Application in Planning Contexts

Angela Million, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin
project staff: Juliane Heinrich, Ignacio Castillo Ulloa, Jona Schwerer

Knowledge and Goods: Consumers’ and Producers’ Spatial Knowledge

Nina Baur, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
Elmar Kulke, Geographisches Institut, HU Berlin
project staff: Julia Fülling, Linda Hering

Architectures of Asylum: Appropriation Processes in Refugee Accomodation

Philipp Misselwitz, Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin
project staff: Ayham Dalal

Biographies of the Middle Class: Constituting Space over a Lifetime

Gunter Weidenhaus, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
project staff: Claudia Mock

Spaces of Communication


Digital Urban Planning: Planning-Oriented Actions and Physical-Material Arrangements

Gabriela Christmann, Leibniz-Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) Erkner
project staff: Sophie Mélix, Martin Schinagl

Centres of Coordination: The Polycontexturalisation of Power in Control Rooms

Hubert Knoblauch, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
project staff: David Joshua Schröder, Arne Janz

Smart Cities: Everyday Actions in Digitalized Living Spaces

Martina Löw, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
Jörg Stollmann, Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin
project staff: Dominik Bartmanski, Timothy Pape, Seonju Kim

Locative Media: Inclusion and Exclusion in Public Spaces

Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
project staff: Eric Lettkemann

Translocal Networks: Public Sphere in the Social Web

Barbara Pfetsch, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, FU Berlin
Annie Waldherr, Institute of Communication, WWU Münster
project staff: Daniel Maier, Daniela Stoltenberg

Circulation and Order


The Borders of the World: Processes of De- and Rebordering in a Global Perspective

Steffen Mau, Institute of Social Sciences, HU Berlin
project staff: Fabian Gülzau, Kristina Korte

Non-governmental Organisations: Strategies of Creating Spatial Order

Johanna Hoerning, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
project staff: Paul Welch Guerra

Doing Mini-Publics: The Translocalisation of Politics

Jan-Peter Voß, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
project staff: Sina Birkholz, Volkan Sayman

The World Down My Street: Resources and Networks Used by City Dwellers

Talja Blokland, Institute of Social Sciences, HU Berlin
project staff: Henrik Schultze, Robert Vief, Daniela Krüger

Art & Interdisciplinary Research


Migrating Spaces and Tourism

Stefanie Bürkle, Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin
project staff: Berit Hummel

Integrated Resarch Training Group

Martina Löw, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
Philipp Misselwitz, Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin

Methods Lab

Séverin Marguin, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin


Academic Coordinator and Managing Director

Dr. Nina Elsemann
Tel: +49 30 314 73787

Office Manager

Rim Aouini


Prof. Dr. Martina Löw
Prof. Dr. Hubert Knoblauch

SFB 1265
„Re-Figuration of Spaces“

Technische Universität Berlin
Faculty VI – Planning Building Environment
Institute of Sociology

Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
Office BH 5-1
Room: BH-N 207
10587 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 314 73785
Fax: +49 30 314 73806

The SFB 1265 is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.