Dr. Martin Bielik

Research & Teaching Assistant

Dr. Bielik is a research assistant at the Chair of Computer Science in Architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany and co-founder of the DecodingSpaces. He graduated in architecture and urban planning in 2011 at the Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology and earned his doctoral degree in 2021 at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. His main research interest is computational analysis and simulation of urban systems and application of these methods in planning process. As associate investigator at Emerging Cities Lab in Addis Ababa, he positions his research in context of rapid urbanization.

Phone: +49 3643 / 58 4199
e-Mail: martin.bielik[at]


2016 - 2019 Ernst-Abbe doctoral scholarship

Research / Teaching topics:
Spatial analysis (Visibility, Walkability, Spatial configuration), Generative algorithms, Optimization, Statistics/Predictive modeling

Research projects:

  • 2021 - 2025: INUMO
    Integrated Urban Mobility – Digital Methods for the Interactive Scenario Development of Sustainable Traffic Infrastructure for Emerging Cities in Ethiopia
  • 2014 - 2017: ESUM
    Analysing trade-offs between the energy and social performance of urban morphologies
  • 2012 - 2015: FOGEB
    Forschergruppe Green Efficient Buildings

Selected publications:

Bielik, M. (2021). FORM-ACTIVITY-MOVEMENT INTERACTION MODEL - Study of the Interactions between Urban Form, Allocation of Activities and Pedestrian Movement in Weimar, Germany. Dissertation. Weimar

König, R., Bielik, M., Dennemark, M., Fink, T., Schneider, S., & Siegmund, N. (2020). Levels of automatized urban design through artificial intelligence A Framework to characterize automation approaches. Built Environment, 46(1).

Bielik, M., König, R., Fuchkina, E., Schneider, S., & Abdulmalik, A. (2019, August 7). EVOLVING CONFIGURATIONAL PROPERTIES Simulating multiplier effects between land use and movement patterns. Presented at the 12th Space Syntax Symposium, Beijing, China.

Bielik, M., Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., Griego, D., Ojha, V., König, R., … Donath, D. (2019). Examining Trade-Offs between Social, Psychological, and Energy Potential of Urban Form. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 8(2), 52.

Ojha, V. K., Griego, D., Kuliga, S., Bielik, M., Buš, P., Schaeben, C., (2019). Machine learning approaches to understand the influence of urban environments on humans physiological response. Information Sciences, 474, 154–169.

Bielik, M., König, R., Schneider, S., & Varoudis, T. (2018). Measuring the Impact of Street Network Configuration on the Accessibility to People and Walking Attractors. Networks and Spatial Economics.

Koenig, R., Bielik, M., & Schneider, S. (2018). System Dynamics for Modeling Metabolism Mechanisms for Urban Planning. Proceedings of the 2018 Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD 2018). Presented at the 2018 Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design, Delft, Netherlands.

Kuliga, S., Standfest, M., Bielik, M., Schneider, S., König, R., Donath, D., & Schmitt, G. (2018). From Real to Virtual and Back: A multi-method approach for investigating the impact of urban morphology on human spatial experiences. In The Virtual and the Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications (pp. 151–169). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Bielik, M., Emo, B., Schneider, S., & Hölscher, C. (2017). Does urban density follow centrality? Empirical study on the influence of street network centrality on urban density and its implications for the prediction of pedestrian flows. Proceedings - 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, SSS 2017.

Bielik, M., Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., Valášek, M., & Donath, D. (2015). Investigating the effect of urban form on the environmental appraisal of streetscapes. SSS 2015 - 10th International Space Syntax Symposium.

Bielik, M., König, Reinhard, Schneider, S., Varoudis, T., & Donath, D. (2017). Aggregated Social Accessibility—Predicting walkability based on the social potential of spatial networks. Environemnt and Planning B.

Hijazi, I. H., Koenig, R., Schneider, S., Li, X., Bielik, M., Schmit, G. N. J., & Donath, D. (2016). Geostatistical analysis for the study of relationships between the emotional responses of urban walkers to urban spaces. International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), 5(1), 1–19.


Desing studios:

  • 2015, Computational Urban Analysis – Master course on principles of computer based spatial analysis known as Space Syntax
  • 2014, Integrated Frequencies (European Urbanism Master)
    Interdisciplinary Master design studio with the focus on computational spatial analysis applied on the case of Aspern city master plan (Vienna)
  • 2014, Design Studio: Vertical Addis (Arch. Master)
    Topic of the master design studio is concept and application for socially and economically sustainable high density housing
  • 2013, Design Studio: Generating Addis (Arch. Master)
    The master studio focused on collaborative design process and creation of mixed social environment in context of rapidly developing city of Addis Ababa
  • 2013, Design Studio: Redesign Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) (Arch. Bc.)
    International Student Project as part of ICEbauhaus network and founded by DAAD. Project is based on cooperation between Bauhaus-Uni Weimar and Ethiopian institute of architecture. Multidisciplinary Solutions for urgent Issues in crisis region of Ethiopia are the main topic of the studio


  • 2013-2015 Parametric design – Course on basic principles and methods of parametric design and digitalprototyping. Learned design environment: Grasshopper 3D
  • 2013-2015 Generative design methods – Introduction to computational design. Theory background on different approaches and practical scripting and programming skills development
  • 2016 - 2019 Decoding spaces workshop – Course on graph based spatial accessibility analysis methods for modeling movement and land use distribution.