„Die Wilde 13 – (Wild 13)”

Creaking, sizzling and rattling the 13 leans into a curve. It’s freight falters before the hungry machine works it’s way through the district of Wilhelmsburg. The Metrobus 13 is the lifeline of Hamburg’s largest, most international and poorest district and at the same time a burden shared by all inhabitants – named „Wilde 13“ (Wild 13). Continue Reading →

»urbanism of transgression – …housing and density not as number of units, but as dwelling in relationship to the larger forces at play in the city – transportation and natural networks, the politics of the public, the economics of land use, and particular, cultural
idiosyncrasies of place, for example.«

T. Cruz, architect, St. Diego, 2009


To research relations between migration and city change and answer research questions a multiperspective and interdisciplinary but also trans disciplinary perspective is necessary. This perspective is to be intensified by the combination of different methods. The aim of the study of transnational phenomena in the city is the empirical observation and analysis of transnational activities and associated social forms, which create transnational space and must be put in a political and economical context. To do this, it is necessary to consider the available methods and concepts from different disciplines and to link them interdisciplinary to each other. Regardless of the methods in each study the individuals and their position in transmigration space play a central role.

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The Temporary Lab of Non | Permanent Change

The temporary lab of non | permanent change is a research project on relations between migration and city change, visible phenomenas, transnational identities and its visibility in public space. This public portal is a methodological experiment and part of my PhD-work “Inhabiting for / as Migrants – temporary / permanent, formal / informal” on Vienna University of Technologies, Institute of Art and Design, Visual Culture Unit, Prof. Peter Mörtenböck.

Everyone interested / connected to the issues of migration and city is invited to participate. You can comment on articles and you can also contribute to it by submitting your own articles, pictures, videos, paintings, etc.

The expected result should be a tool for future city planners and -researchers, interested in wide spectrum of relations between migration and city change. I see it as a practical product of my theoretical work, which is to be developed during the research process. In this way the dynamics of migration state that there is no static knowledge of it, but that we are together constantly working on it.