Subprojects | Project Area B | Spaces of Communication

Digital Urban Planning: Planning Practices and Physical Arrangements

The research is part of the project area “Spaces of Communication” investigating transformations in communicative action resulting from mediatisation processes, and their implications for the re-figuration of space. The aim is to specifically research transformations in urban planning across the globe, using the example of new digital technologies and communication media. Three questions form the core of our research:


  • How can digitisation in urban planning since the 1970s be described and systematised?
  • How have urban planning practices changed against the backdrop of digitisation processes, and what spatial constitutions of planning go along with these changes?
  • How have material and physical arrangements of urban development changed on the basis of digital planning and relative to previous arrangements (comparing analogous plans) in the 1960s?


Three interconnected areas will be taken into account regarding digital planning practice: urban structural planning, especially work based on geographical information systems (GIS) for the processing of rather diverse information; urban design planning, in particular work with tools such as computer-aided design (CAD); and communicative planning with the participation of stakeholders and citizens involving the use of 2D- or 3D-simulation tools. Mediatisation processes are investigated using the examples of four cities on four continents: New York City (North America/USA), Lagos (Africa/Nigeria), Songdo (Asia/South Korea) and Frankfurt/Main (Europe/Germany).


Baur, N., & Christmann, G. (2021). Fallauswahl und Generalisierung. In Heinrich, A.J., Marguin, S., Million, A., & Stollmann, J. (eds.), Methoden der qualitativen Raumforschung. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (p. 121-135). Bielefeld: transcript.

Christmann, G. & Schinagl, M. (2021). Digitale Planung, digitalisiertes Planungshandeln und mediatisierte Konstruktionen von Räumen . In Löw, M., Sayman, V., Schwerer, J., & Wolf, H. (eds.), Am Ende der Globalisierung. Über die Refiguration von Räumen (p. 183-204). Bielefeld: transcript.

Christmann, G., & Baur, N. (2021). Fall, Kontext und Kultur in der Raumforschung. Eine begriffliche Abgrenzung. In Heinrich, A. J., Marguin, S., Million, A., & Stollmann, J. (eds.), Handbuch qualitative und visuelle Methoden der Raumforschung (p. 107-119). Bielefeld: transcript.

Christmann, G., & Schinagl, M. (2021). Verlust des Raumes? Die Digitalisierung und die Herstellung von Räumen. der Architekt, 10(1), p. 29-33.

Christmann, G., Bernhardt, C., & Stollmann, J. (eds.). (2020). Special Issue | Visual Communication in Urban Design and Planning: The Impact of Mediatisation(s) on the Construction of Urban Futures.

Christmann, G., Singh, A., Stollmann, J., & Bernhardt, C. (2020). Editorial. Urban Planning, 5(2), p. 1-9.

Mélix, S., & Schinagl, M. (2019). Imagining Space and Envisioning Futures: A Bi-Disciplinary Approach to Digital Urban Planning. In Rugare, S., & Kruth, J. (eds.), AMPS Proceedings Series 16. Alternatives to the Present. A Conference on Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, Development & Planning (p. 57-63).

Mélix, S., & Singh, A. (2021). Die visuelle Refiguration urbaner Zukünfte: Zur Prozessualität von digitalen Architekturvisualisierungen am Beispiel von Hudson Yards in New York. In Löw, M., Sayman, V., Schwerer, J., & Wolf, H. (eds.), Am Ende der Globalisierung (p. 231-256). Bielefeld: transcript.

Singh, A., & Christmann, G. (2020). Citizen Participation in Digitised Environments: Visualising Spatial Knowledge in Urban Planning. Urban Planning, 5(2), p. 71-83.

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