Poligonal Office for Urban Communication
1) Lead supervisor | Nancy Naser AL Deen
2) Second supervisor(s) | Lukas Staudinger + Christian Haid
Nancy Naser Al Deen is a Lebanese- Egyptian urbanist based in Berlin with a MA in Urban Management from Technical University Berlin and a BS in Architecture from the American University in Cairo. She took part in projects with different collectives in Cairo, Beirut and Berlin including CLUSTER, Ashkal Alwan, Public Works Studio, Raumlaborberlin and Poligonal Office for Urban Communication. Nancy’s collaboration-based interdisciplinary practice utilizes tools of architecture, visual design, spatial research and the body; to witness, archive, protest, and investigate politics of (non-conforming) bodies in public space.
Lukas Staudinger is co-founder of POLIGONAL Office for Urban Communication Berlin. He studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Berlin University of the Arts and he holds an MA in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London. In his work as an urban communicator, curator and university lecturer he focuses on historic and contemporary urban planning, post-war housing, and queer urban everyday life. With POLIGONAL he provokes new ways to observe, reflect on and experience how we live together in cities and stimulates discussions on alternative urban futures.
Dr. Christian Haid is co-founder of POLIGONAL Office for Urban Communication Berlin and senior researcher at Habitat Unit (Technical University Berlin). Christian holds a PhD in urban sociology (Humboldt University Berlin) and is trained in urban studies (UCL London) and architecture (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna). With POLIGONAL he develops communication formats at the intersection of urban practice, art and architecture. At Habitat Unit Christian writes about, researches, and teaches in international urbanism. Urban Informality, transformative city planning, postcolonial urbanism, and the politics of public space are his main interests.