Main focus: Equitable urban development
Languages: English, German
Topics: participation and urban development, affordable housing, post-industrial urban development, post-socialist transition, urban commons, shrinking cities, social inclusion
Dr. Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse is an urban researcher, consultant, and author focusing on the development of equitable, co-produced cities. Her work spans a diverse range of topics, including urban commons, cultural & creative industries, intermediate & adaptive reuse of vacant buildings, participation of underrepresented groups, and the political, symbolic, & normative aspects of architecture and urban planning.
Dr. Dellenbaugh-Losse completed her BSc with honors at the University of New Hampshire in 2006. She moved to Germany in 2007, where she successfully completed both a master in landscape architecture and a doctorate in human geography. In 2016, after positions in academia and the non-profit sector, she founded her own consultancy. Today, her work comprises project development and management for a variety of funding schemes, including EU (H2020, Erasmus+ KA2, URBACT), German federal (BMBF, BBSR), state, municipal, and foundation-funded projects, as well as commissioned expertise on the topics mentioned above. In 2017, she was validated by the EU program URBACT as an expert for integrated urban renewal, arts and culture, and the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities.
She has lectured at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft and is the author and co-editor of several books, including Urban Commons: Moving beyond State and Market, Städtewandel durch Kultur, The Urban Commons Cookbook, and Inventing Berlin: Architecture, Politics and Cultural Memory in the New/Old German Capital Post-1989. For in-depth information about individual publications and current and former projects, please see the website listed below.
Her work has particularly focused on various aspects of the post-socialist transition in Central and Eastern Europe (housing markets, urban development, shrinking and vacancy, architecture and identity, new national identities post-1990, right-wing nationalism), with a specific concentration on the former GDR. She has also conducted case study research to inform urban policy across the EU and in European-American comparative studies.
Examples of previous talks / appearances:
Building spaces which embody a shared sense of community is an inherently interdisciplinary task which requires the involvement of a diverse group of stakeholders and a sometimes-challenging dialogue process. This talk examines design considerations and citizen empowerment practices which can help enhance the inclusive and collective nature of public spaces with a concentration on the roles of planners, policy-makers, and the public.
The main questions that this talk explored are:
1. How do design choices such as the placement of seating, the interplay between privacy and openness, and the use of symbols affect spatial practices and the feeling of inclusion in the space?
2. Who can help co-design a space and what does that mean for feelings of ownership, inclusion, and empowerment (as well as the use and acceptance of the design)?
3. What tools and instruments can policy-makers and designers use to involve the public and promote the co-creation of inclusive spaces?
These questions were examined through examples from Europe, in particular Berlin, and the US, as well as the presenter’s current empirical work on urban commons.This talk is in: English
This talk was conducted in cooperation with Jens Meissner. My section can be found from 45:00 onward.
Privatization, gentrification and displacement have become common urban topics – affordable housing is an increasingly scarce resource. A large number of experts from different fields are working on this topic – today, we’d like to present an intersection between urban planning, architecture, open source software and 3-D printing which seems to present an alternative to the standard privatized housing market. Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse is a landscape architect and urban geographer working on affordable housing and urban commons. She will present the dilemma of affordable housing in growing urban centers, and discuss new housing typologies and organization structures (tiny houses, commons, cooperatives) which present alternatives to the standard housing market. Jens Meisner is an artist concentrating on 3-D printing. He will present a variety of examples of 3-D printed houses/housing concepts which are currently being developed. His portion of the talk will cover a variety of topics, including: Introduction to subtractive and additive manufacturing wikiHouse – An open-source modular house concept Examples of house printing projects Building materials/filaments Pros and Cons of new manufacturing methods Library of Things – A database of open-source design.
This talk, which was held in a 24 square meter tiny house, explored three main questions:
1. Why is urban housing so expensive? How did we get where we are today?
2. What are the potential pluses and minuses of tiny houses in the urban housing market? and
3. What could we learn from tiny housing typologies?