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01 – ABOUT US

POLIGONAL organizes exploratory scholar-led tours for city aficionados and architecture lovers through the city of Berlin.

We investigate and communicate contemporary architectural topics and urban developments in our city walks, workshops, and seminars.
We draw on many years of experience as academic researchers and university teachers in urbanism and architecture. We collaborate with numerous local experts, a network that you will benefit from.
We customize our city walks, workshops, and seminars to your thematic requirements and individual interests.

Our portfolio is tailored to a wide audience, from universities and students, Berlin travellers, businesses, and conference delegations – to professionals and non-professionals alike.

Dr Christian Haid

As Urbanist, Architect and Researcher, Christian has experience in academic education and research in city planning, urban design, architecture, urban sociology, and urban management. His thematic focus is on urban theory, critical urban research, informal urbanism, everyday urban practices, as well as process-oriented city planning. Christian is Senior Researcher at the Habitat Unit and lecturer at the Urban Management Masters Programme of the Technical University Berlin.

Lukas Staudinger, Mag.arch. MA

As architect, urbanist and curator Lukas has gained hands-on experience and has worked as a university lecturer for many years. His thematic focus is on historic and contemporary housing, post-war urbanism, architectural heritage, and urban everyday life. Lukas is also a trainer for team building techniques and mediation processes.

02 – CITY WALKS

POLIGONAL’s unique city tours and walks expose views of Berlin which are off the beaten track. The experience of the city, its architecture and its urban phenomena always take center stage. We offer a variety of thematic tours through different neighbourhoods. Our tours specialize in uncovering hidden city life. We focus on the city’s architecture, on urban development, and on social dynamics, both contemporary and historically. Our philosophy is to spark enthusiasm and curiosity for local urban questions.

Apart from our standard tours we offer customized tours according to your specific interests. Get in touch and we will tailor a tour just for you.

The city is alive. Our thematic urban walks in Berlin allow for unexpected vantage points and surprising views of the city’s manifold layers.

****** NEW ******

Our all new self-guided audio walks have been launched:

Audio walk: Alle Jahre Wohnungsfrage!

Audio walk: The Politics of Public Space II

Audio walk: The Politics of Public Space

Audio walk: Art & Architecture in the DDR

 

UPCOMING CITY WALKS

 

Examples of our other city walks and tours

  • Sleeping on top of a highway / Schlangenbader Straße: Built Utopia or architecture of failure?
  • Self-help housing and participation in planning / Friedrichstadt South and IBA Neu
  • Architecture of Political Rivalry /
    Karl Marx Allee vs. Hansaviertel.
  • The legacy of careful urban renewal / IBA Alt on a bike tour through Kreuzberg’s city blocks.
  • Thai Park: An ethnographic and culinary walk between conflict and affirmation

The city is alive. Our thematic urban walks in Berlin allow for unexpected vantage points and surprising views of the city’s manifold layers.

POLIGONAL’s unique city tours and walks expose views of Berlin which are off the beaten track. The experience of the city, its architecture and its urban phenomena always take center stage. We offer a variety of thematic tours through different neighbourhoods. Our tours specialize in uncovering hidden city life. We focus on the city’s architecture, on urban development, and on social dynamics, both contemporary and historically. Our philosophy is to spark enthusiasm and curiosity for local urban questions.

Apart from our standard tours we offer customized tours according to your specific interests. Get in touch and we will tailor a tour just for you.

****** NEW ******

Our all new self-guided audio walks have been launched:

Audio walk: Alle Jahre Wohnungsfrage!

Audio walk: The Politics of Public Space II

Audio walk: The Politics of Public Space

Audio walk: Art & Architecture in the DDR

 

UPCOMING CITY WALKS

 

Examples of our city walks and tours

  • Informal Berlin / The Makeshift City.
  • The Modernist Heritage in Berlin / From the Past to the Future.
  • Architecture of Politics Rivalry /
    Karl Marx Allee vs. Hansaviertel.
  • Contemporary Modes of Production in Architecture and city Planning/ Berlin Kreuzberg.

03 – WORKSHOPS

Our workshops are designed to creatively experience urban environments. Hands-on and interactive methods allow us to uncover the many layers of urban life and to gain individual insight and knowledge.

POLIGONAL provides the theoretical and organisational framework for workshops of one or of several days’ duration. A mix of informative inputs, creative tasks, and city walks explores the workshop’s core themes.

Along this journey we will creatively record and discuss our observations and findings. You will become an urban researcher yourself and look at the city in unexpected ways.

Examples of Workshops:

  • Informal Berlin / The Makeshift City.
  • The Modernist Heritage in Berlin / From the Past to the Future.
  • Contemporary Modes of Production in Architecture and city Planning/ Berlin Kreuzberg.
  • Icon and Failure / Brutalism in Berlin Architecture.
  • Queer Berlin

The city is a mesh of complex relations. In our hands-on workshops we actively investigate the city to gain a better understanding of urbanity.

The city is a mesh of complex relations. In our hands-on workshops we actively investigate the city to gain a better understanding of urbanity.

Our workshops are designed to creatively experience urban environments. Hands-on and interactive methods allow us to uncover the many layers of urban life and to gain individual insight and knowledge.

POLIGONAL provides the theoretical and organisational framework for workshops of one or of several days’ duration. A mix of informative inputs, creative tasks, and city walks explores the workshop’s core themes.

Along this journey we will creatively record and discuss our observations and findings. You will become an urban researcher yourself and look at the city in unexpected ways.

Examples of Workshops:

  • Informal Berlin / The Makeshift City.
  • The Modernist Heritage in Berlin / From the Past to the Future.
  • Contemporary Modes of Production in Architecture and city Planning/ Berlin Kreuzberg.
  • Icon and Failure / Brutalism in Berlin Architecture.
  • Queer Berlin

04 – CONCEPTS

For us, communicating urban and architectural issues is an essential part of urban practice. Our curatorial work creates connections between physical and social urban space, culture, society, politics and science communication.

We develop performative and co-created interventions in urban space, program exhibitions and events in public and digital space and implement them. 

With the aim of enabling discourses, our thematic priorities include queer urban space, identity and visibility, as well as the right to the city.

Urban communication is an integral part of urban practice. Our concept work includes curatorial and editorial projects as well as the programming of events and exhibition formats.

Urban communication is an integral part of urban practice. Our concept work includes curatorial and editorial projects as well as the programming of events and exhibition formats.

For us, communicating urban and architectural issues is an essential part of urban practice. Our curatorial work creates connections between physical and social urban space, culture, society, politics and science communication.

We develop performative and co-created interventions in urban space, program exhibitions and events in public and digital space and implement them. 

With the aim of enabling discourses, our thematic priorities include queer urban space, identity and visibility, as well as the right to the city.

05 – EXCURSIONS AND PACKAGES

POLIGONAL plans your time in Berlin and takes on the entire organization of your architecture and urbanism related study trip.

University excursions, private weekend trips, company outings: We are specialized in the conceptualization and execution of study trips for groups of any size.

According to your thematic needs POLIGONAL provides you with a customized program during your stay in Berlin and organizes your tour, citywalk, workshop and team building seminar as a total package including accommodation and restaurant visits.

Take advantage of our experience, local knowledge, and our wide network in Berlin.

Study trip packages to experience Berlin – from concept to organization. And we know the best restaurants in the city!

Study trip packages to experience Berlin – from concept to organization. And we know the best restaurants in the city!

POLIGONAL plans your time in Berlin and takes on the entire organization of your architecture and urbanism related study trip.

University excursions, private weekend trips, company outings: We are specialized in the conceptualization and execution of study trips for groups of any size.

According to your thematic needs POLIGONAL provides you with a customized program during your stay in Berlin and organizes your tour, citywalk, workshop and team building seminar as a total package including accommodation and restaurant visits.

Take advantage of our experience, local knowledge, and our wide network in Berlin.

06 – RESEARCH

POLIGONAL researches on urban everyday life and current developments in city planning and urbanism. We critically investigate the city, with focus on contemporary relevant and underrepresented phenomena. Our research projects engage with an array of methods, such as qualitative social research, ethnographic investigations of everyday life worlds and urbanistic locations studies.

The outcomes of our research interweave with our tours, workshops and city walks. POLIGONAL organizes events, discussions, lectures, and film screenings.

Current research fields include informal urbanism, diversity in urban neighborhoods, and city planning in Berlin since 1968.

Urbanity is generated through a complex of social, political, material, cultural, and economical practices that can never be thought of disjointedly.

Urbanity is generated through a complex of social, political, material, cultural, and economical practices that can never be thought of disjointedly.

POLIGONAL researches on urban everyday life and current developments in city planning and urbanism. We critically investigate the city, with focus on contemporary relevant and underrepresented phenomena. Our research projects engage with an array of methods, such as qualitative social research, ethnographic investigations of everyday life worlds and urbanistic locations studies.

The outcomes of our research interweave with our tours, workshops and city walks. POLIGONAL organizes events, discussions, lectures, and film screenings.

Current research fields include informal urbanism, diversity in urban neighborhoods, and city planning in Berlin since 1968.