Ludwig Engel works as a futurist and urbanist on questions dealing with long-term strategy, the future city and urban utopias. He studied economics, communication sciences, and cultural history in Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder and Shanghai. From 2005-2011 he worked for the Daimler AG think tank for future studies and strategic long-term planning. After various teaching assignments in the fields of strategic foresight, futurology, urban planning and urban futures, he currently teaches at University of Fine Arts Berlin (Strategic Foresight and Futurology) and Technical University Berlin (Architecture Design Innovation Program). He regularly collaborates with Studio Quentin Walesch, BAU Collaborative / Rainer Hehl, raumtaktik, Haus am Waldsee, Something Fantastic and Stefan Carsten.

le [at] ludwigengel.net

Projects

Über das Arbeiten heute
Strategy/Concept
w/ Something Fantastic, Stefan Carsten
bitkom, 2016


Technologies of Tenderness
An investigation of our emotional co-dependencies
with computers and machines
w/ Quentin Walesch
Daimler AG, 2016


J.MAYER.H | Strukturalien — Architecture as
Urban Sculpture

Exhibition, 2016
w/ Jürgen Mayer H., Katja Blomberg
Haus am Waldsee


Speculations Transformations | Baukulturatlas Deutschland 2030/2050
Scenario Planning/Experimental Research
2011-2015
w/ raumtaktik
BMUB / BBSR


Urban Luxury
An investigation of contemporary shifts in luxury definitions in global urban society
w/ Something Fantastic
Daimler AG, 2015


Project on the Digital Avantgarde
An investigation of the digital daily life and its
societal implications
w/ Denis Yilmaz
Daimler AG, 2015


Haus-Rucker-Co | Architectural Utopia Reloaded
Exhibition, 2014-2015
w/ Zamp Kelp, Katja Blomberg
Haus am Waldsee


Project on New Cities
Comparative analysis of urbanization patterns
around the globe with a focus on case studies of
contemporary new urban developments (new towns
– satellite towns – infill)
w/ Ömer Çavuşoğlu
Daimler AG, 2014


Future Cities – Future Mobility
In-depth interviews on urban mobility and urban
living + GPS-based collection and analysis of
individual urban mobility behavior in Berlin, Stuttgart,
London, New York, Boston, Pearl River Delta,
Shanghai
Daimler AG, 2012-2014


Manifestations of Urban Utopias
in the 21st Century

Reseach/PhD Thesis, ongoing
Prof. Dr. Christoph Asendorf
Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder


Stadt von Übermorgen / City of the Day after Tomorrow
Symposium/Documentation/Publication, 2013-2014
w/ raumtaktik
BMUB / BBSR


IBA Thüringen Atlas
Long-term Strategy/Scenario Planning/Experimental Research, 2013
IBA Thüringen


Nós Brasil! We Brazil!
Exhibition/Catalogue, 2013
w/ raumtaktik
Official German Contribution to the X Architectural Biennal São Paulo, 2013


Endless Pioneering - Resilient Living at
Rockaway Beach

Competition/Video, 2013
w/ June-14
MoMa PS1


What Happened 2081?
Creative Writing, 2012-2013
w/ Sam Chermayeff et. al.
Goethe-Institut


osb international 2020
Workshop, 2013
w/ Stefan Carsten
osb international


Future of Living
Strategy/Concept, 2012-2013
w/ Nerd Communications
Siemens AG


FutureStylepark
Concept/Strategy, 2012-2013
w/ Adeline Seidel
Stylepark AG


Lifestyles in the Contemporary City
Concept/Publication, 2012
w/ Julia Volkmar
Daimler AG


The Future is the New But - Wild Speculations on the Future of Cities and Landscapes
Workshop, 2012
w/ raumtaktik
Lutz Henke (curator)
BMW Guggenheim Lab, Berlin

Video


Future's Futures
Concept/Strategy, 2012
TRIAD Berlin


Nobanity - In Search of the Urban Pastoral
in Contemporary Photography

Publication/Exhibition Concept, 2012
w/ Julia Volkmar


Energieberg Georgswerder
Competition Entry, 2011-2012
w/ raumtaktik, onlab, prototypen berlin
IBA Hamburg


Szenarium 2050 – Futures for Europe's Cities
Conference/Workshop/Publication, 2011
w/ raumtaktik, CITYFÖRSTER, snv
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung


Updating Dhaka – How do you want to live tomorrow?
Workshop/Exhibition, 2010
w/ raumtaktik
Goethe-Insitut Bangladesh
Dhanmondi Arts Center, Dhaka


The Future of Home
Workshop/Installation, 2010
w/ raumtaktik
Anat Litwin, Homebase, Berlin


Spotlights into Radical Futures
Research, 2010
w/ Johannes Gabriel, Moritz Gekeler
Daimler AG

Writing

Books

Technologies of Tenderness
w/ Quentin Walesch, Samuel Nyholm
Limited Edition, Berlin 2016


Berlin Transfer – Open Living Structures
w/ Rainer Hehl
Ruby Press, Berlin 2016


Speculations Transformations – Thoughts on the Future of Germany's Cities and Regions
w/ Matthias Böttger, Stefan Carsten
Designed by onlab
Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich 2016


Berlin Transfer – Learning from the Global South
w/ Rainer Hehl
Ruby Press, Berlin 2015


Berlin Transfer – Hybrid Modernities
w/ Rainer Hehl
Ruby Press, Berlin 2015


Urban Luxury
w/ Something Fantastic
Limited Edition, Berlin 2015


Talking Futures. On Utopias and Futures / Über Utopien und Zukünfte
w/ Matthias Böttger
Lost Books, London 2010


Essays / Articles

Kleine Utopien
Design: Quentin Walesch
Modus Berlin, 2016


Der Googleplex-Komplex
w/ Stefan Carsten
Baunetzwoche #471
Work in Progress by baunetz.de & vitra, 2016


Arbeit macht nicht unbedingt glücklich
w/ Stefan Carsten
Artikel
Work in Progress by baunetz.de & vitra, 2016


Büroarbeiter, auf die Barrikaden!
w/ Stefan Carsten
Artikel
Work in Progress by baunetz.de & vitra, 2016


Superarchitettura
w/ BB Mak
English / Deutsch
stylepark.com, Frankfurt 2016


One Huge Nightmare / Ein monumentaler
Albtraum

w/ BB Mak
English / Deutsch
stylepark.com, Frankfurt 2016


Seek Uncertainty!
in: Planet B – Ideas for a New World
Alain Bieber, Lukas Feireiss (eds.)
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln 2016


Berlin Transfer – Learning from the Global South
w/ Rainer Hehl
[edited excerpt] in: The Metropolitan Laboratory – Education: Trial and Error
Studio Lukas Feireiss, Berlin 2016


Retroactive Utopia
in: J.MAYER.H | Strukturalien — Architecture as
Urban Sculpture
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 2016


Wannabe Jedis / Jedi sein wollen
English / Deutsch
stylepark.com, Frankfurt 2016


I am the Smart Home / Das Smart Home bin ich
w/ Stefan Carsten
English / Deutsch
stylepark.com, Frankfurt 2016


The House-O-Mat
w/ Stefan Carsten
English / Deutsch
stylepark.com, Frankfurt 2016


Berlin Transfer – Learning from the Global South
w/ Rainer Hehl
[excerpt] in: OASE #95—Crossing Boundaries
nai010 publishers, Rotterdam 2015


Optional Cities – Berlin’s Futures
w/ Matthias Böttger, Stefan Carsten
[reprint] in: Second Chances — The Art of
Remaking

Vetro Editions, Berlin 2015


Überlegungen zur Zukunft von Deutschlands Städten und Regionen
w/ Matthias Böttger, Stefan Carsten
in: BBSR (ed.): Informationen zur Raumentwicklung
Franz Steiner Verlag, Bonn 2015


Successful interventions in failed objects / Geglückte Interventionen an gescheiterten
Objekten

in: Haus-Rucker-Co 1967-1977 | Architekturutopie reloaded
Haus am Waldsee / Katja Blomberg (ed.)
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Berlin 2014


Will Donate Data. Save the City / Spende Daten. Rette Stadt
Audi Urban Future Initiative
English / Deutsch
stylepark.com, Frankfurt 2014


Prometheische Projekte
in: Earnest & Algernon 8 – Geheimsache
Text & Interview w/ Armen Avanessian
Munich 2014


Social Housing – Housing the Social
in: SLUM Lab – Sustainable Urban Living Model
Issue 8

Lukas Feireiss (ed.)
New York/Zurich/Vienna 2013


Nós Brasil! We Brazil!
The Future of the Smart City - Curitiba
The Future of Participatory Budgeting - Porto Alegre
The Future of Urban Activism - Salvador
w/ Matthias Böttger, Leona Lynen,
Filippe Serro (eds.)
X Architectural Biennal São Paulo / Weltstadt
Goethe-Institut, München/São Paulo 2013


On Futurology and Architecture
How to Approach the Unknowable
w/ Johannes Gabriel
artworks by Natalia Stachon
in: (Non-)Essential Knowledge for (New) Architecture
306090 books, Vol. 15
David Hayes (ed.)
Princeton Architectural Press, New York 2013


Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt? / How does the new come into the world?
[reprint] in: PROTOCOL
Universität der Künste, Berlin 2013


Utopie 2013 / Utopia 2013
in: MAI 2013
Karoline Dausien (ed.)
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna 2013


Gespräch(e) mit Bernd Trasberger /
Conversation(s) with Bernd Trasberger
in: Bernd Trasberger – Neuzeit
Susanne Kohler & Barbara-Brigitte Mak (eds.)
Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2013


Gewissheit der Ungewissheit / Certainty of Uncertainty
w/ Matthias Böttger
in: Building the Future
Hans Drexler & Adeline Seidel (eds.)
Jovis Verlag, Berlin 2012


Everything Must Change in Order to Stay the
Same / Alles muss sich verändern, damit es so bleibt, wie es ist

in: Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt?
Haus am Waldsee / Katja Blomberg (ed.)
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Berlin 2012


Die Große Weltausstellung vergangener Zukünfte
/ The World Fair of Past Futures
w/ Matthias Böttger
in: Die Große Weltausstellung 2012
raumlaborberlin & HAU (eds.)
Berlin 2012


The Death of Social Housing
Toward a Flexible Utopia
in: Social Housing – Housing the Social
Clara Meister & Federica Bueti (eds.)
SKOR, Rotterdam 2011

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Szenarium: Szenarien für die Zukunft der Städte Europas / Scenarium: Scenarios for the Future of Europe’s Cities
w/ Matthias Böttger & Stefan Carsten et. al.
Urban Futures 2050 Conference
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin 2011


Szenarium 2050 – Zukünfte für Europas Städte /
Scenarium 2050 – Futures for Europe’s Cities
w/ Matthias Böttger & Stefan Carsten
in: Urban Futures 2050 - Szenarien und Lösungen
für das Jahrhundert der Städte
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin 2011


They promised us jetpacks!
w/ Matthias Böttger
in: Utopia Forever - Visions of Architecture and Urbanism
Robert Klanten & Lukas Feireiss (eds.)
Gestalten Verlag, Berlin 2011


Optional Cities – Berlins Zukünfte /
Optional Cities – Berlin’s Futures
w/ Matthias Böttger, Stefan Carsten
in: ARCH+ No. 201/201
Berlin 2011


Licht der Stadt. Zur Zukunft des Kinos als Motor
der Stadt
/ City Lights. The Future of the
Cinema as an Urban Catalyst
w/ Fabian Faltin
in: derive No. 42
Wien 2011


Updating Dhaka - How do you want to live tomorrow?
w/ Matthias Böttger
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
Dhaka/München 2010


Nachdenken auf Vorrat – Praktische Szenario-
Arbeit am Beispiel des Projekts Cottbus 2046.
/
Storage Thinking - Exemplary practical scenario-
work: Cottbus 2046.
w/ CD Jia
in: Das Neue in Ökonomie und Management.
B. P. Priddat, P. Seele (eds.)
Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden 2008

Lectures / Teaching

Technologies of Tenderness
Book Launch, 16.12.2016
w/ Quentin Walesch, Samuel Nyholm
galerie JO VAN DE LOO, Munich


The future of urban living: How to connect and initiate change in the city
Panel Discussion, 01.12.2016
w/ Tainá Moreno, Niklas Maak, Jeannette Gusko, Francesca Ferguson
The Sooner Now, Freunde von Freunden, Berlin


The Future: how is the way we live changing?
Lecture, 17.11.2016
w/ Jürgen Mayer H., Nigel Coates
World Architecture Festival
Arena Berlin


Berlin Transfer – Open Living Structures
Book Launch, 10.11.2016
w/ Rainer Hehl
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


My So-called Smart Life
Skype-Lecture, 20.10.2016
Studio Peter Staub
Universität Lichtenstein, Vaduz


Urban Luxury
Skype-Lecture, 20.10.2016
Studio Peter Staub
Universität Lichtenstein, Vaduz


Dorten Conversations: Urban Surroundings
Lecture/Talk, 26.09.2016
w/ Roger Lima
Dorten Studio, Berlin


Urban Issues – Speculations Transformations
Lecture, 14.06.2016
Institut für Städtebau und Entwerfen
Leibniz Universität Hannover


Re Form: Collectives, Communes and Social Utopias
Lecture, 07.06.2016
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


J.MAYER.H | Strukturalien — Architecture as
Urban Sculpture

Exhibition Opening, 27.04.2016
w/ Jürgen Mayer H., Katja Blomberg
Haus am Waldsee


ARCH+ features 48
Speculations Transformations – Thoughts on the Future of Germany's Cities and Regions
Book Launch, 19.04.2016
w/ ARCH+, Lars Müller, raumtaktik
Kunst-Werke Berlin


Spatial Agency
Design Studio
Research Collaboration/Teaching Assignment
SS 2016
w/ Rainer Hehl
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


The City as a Capitalist Project
Lecture, 17.3.2016
Desert Cities Workshop w/ Charlotte Malterre-
Barthes, Julian Schubert

MAS Urban Design, Chair Marc Angélil, ETH Zurich


The Housing Question / Wohnungsfrage
Guided Tour/Discussion, 13.12.2015
w/ Rainer Hehl, Christian Hiller
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


Ich weiß, wer du bist
Interview, 16.01.2016
by Mario Sixtus
ARTE Future


Applied Futurology: Scenario Planning and Long-term Strategy
Teaching Assignment, WS 2015/2016
Gesellschafts- & Wirtschaftskommunikation
Universität der Künste Berlin


The Setting of a Drama: The Art of Bert Neumann
Lecture, 10.12.2015
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


Stress and the City – macht die Stadt uns krank?
Lecture/Discussion, 25.11.2015
w/ Mazda Adli
DGPPN Kongress 2015, Berlin


Arrival City
Symposium, 19.11.2015
w/ Rainer Hehl, Jo Noero, Madhav Raman, Philipp Misselwitz, Abdul-Malick Simone
Architekturforum, TU Berlin


Open Form
Design Studio
Research Collaboration/Teaching Assignment
WS 2015/2016
w/ Rainer Hehl
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


urbanXchanger Delhi
Presentation, 01.10.2015
w/ CURE, Anagram, FAR
Organized by Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
New Delhi


Visions?! How to deal with Utopia
Skype-Lecture, 17.09.2015
The Hinterlands of Production
Studio Peter Staub
Universität Lichtenstein, Vaduz


Superstudio: Designing the End of Utopia
Talk, 03.07.2015
Digital Bauhaus Summit 2015
Weimar


Superstudio: Infrastructure and the Critique of Global Capitalism
Lecture, 07.05.2015
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


Infrahabitation
Design Studio
Research Collaboration/Teaching Assignment
SS 2015
w/ Rainer Hehl
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


Städte für Menschen: Gebautes Umfeld und menschliches Verhalten / Cities for People
Talk, 24.03.2015
w/ Jan Gehl, Ute Weiland
JOVIS Verlag,
Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, Berlin


Tick Tack – Ein Abend auf und über Zeit
Talk, 9.03.2015
w/ Armen Avanessian
Earnest & Algernon,
Das Provisorium, München


Architekturutopie reloaded / Architectural utopia reloaded
Symposium, 14.02.2015
w/ Zamp Kelp, Florian Heilmeyer, Katja Blomberg
Participants: raumlaborberlin, Formalhaut, realities:united, plastique fantastique, Michael Najjar
Haus am Waldsee


Futurology & Sci-Fi Cities
Lecture/Symposium, 9.12.2014
Workshop/Lecture
Brandenburgisches Zentrum
für Medienwissenschaften

Bildungsforum, Potsdam


Ideal Cities for Ideal People?
Lecture/Discussion, 28.11.2014
w/ Mazda Adli, Ute Weiland, Rainer Hehl a. o.
Stress and the City Symposium
DGPPN, Berlin


Disappearing Architecture
Architectural Seminar, 23.-26.10.2014
Workshop/Lecture
55th October Salon
Belgrade


Extraspacecraft
Design Studio
Research Collaboration/Teaching Assignment
WS 2014/2015
w/ Rainer Hehl
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


Applied Futurology: Scenario Planning and Long-term Strategy
Teaching Assignment, WS 2014/2015
Gesellschafts- & Wirtschaftskommunikation
Universität der Künste Berlin


In Stock
Final crits, 26.6.2014
Design Studio Joris Fach
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)


Through the Looking Glass: Absorbing Modernity
Lecture walks, 12.-15.6.2014
w/ Haus am Waldsee
Biennale Architettura, Venice


The Urban Village
Design Studio
Research Collaboration/Teaching Assignment
SS 2014
w/ Rainer Hehl
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


Cuvry Fallow
Mid-term crits, 21.5.2014
Design Studio Roger Bundschuh
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)


Speculative Transformations
Lecture/Talk/Workshop, 5.4.2014
w/ Clegg & Guttman a. o. Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.


The City within a Building
Design Studio
Research Collaboration/Teaching Assignment
WS 2013/2014
w/ Rainer Hehl
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


Applied Futurology: Scenario Planning and Long-term Strategy
Teaching Assignment, WS 2013/2014
Gesellschafts- & Wirtschaftskommunikation
Universität der Künste Berlin


What do we mean when we talk about the future?
Lecture, 21.2.2014
Schloss Hohenkammer


Urban Utopias in History
Lecture, 4.12.2013
Sustainable Architecture + Spacial Tactics
Kunstuniversität Linz


ADIP Studio Talk
Lecture/Talk, 17.10.2013
w/ Rainer Hehl, June14
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP)
TU Berlin


On Futurology and Architecture
Lecture, 22.5.2013
Building Construction & Architectural Design
Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus


Urban Utopias
Teaching Assignment, SS 2013
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)


Cinema of the Future / Cinematic Acupuncture. The Cinema as Social and Creative Catalyst
Symposium/Talk, 19.4.2013
w/ Luis Berriós-Negrón, Amica Dall et. al.
AEDES/ANCB


Visions of Ideal Cities in History
Lecture, 19.2.2013
w/ Marc Angélil, Rainer Hehl, Julian Schubert
Advanced Urban Studies, ETH Zurich


Tiny Towers
Guest Critic, 29.11.2012 & 31.1.2013
Design Studios Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge & Sam Chermayeff
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)


Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt? / How Does the New Come into the World?
Lecture, 26.10.2012
Conference w/ Lucien Hölscher, Eckard Minx et. al.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zeitpolitik
Ev. Bst. Schwanenwerder, Berlin


Was ist die Zukunft der Zukunft / What is the
future's future?
Talk/Radio Show, 16.8.2012
w/ Fabian Faltin
Stadtmusik Festival
Kunstmuseum Basel


Utopien in Architektur und Stadtplanung / Utopias
in Architecture and Urbanism
Lecture, 14.7.2012
Symposium w/ Rolf Basten, Eckard Minx, Ernst
Pöppel, Katja Blomberg (Mod.)
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin


Szenarien: Spekulative Stadtplanung / Scenarios: Speculative Urban Planning
Lecture, 10.10.2011
w/ Holm Friebe
Matthias Böttger
SoHo House Berlin


Das Zeitalter der Städte / The Urban Age
Lecture, 21.9.2011
Symposium: ‚Vision Z’
Neue Stadtbücherei, Augsburg


Alternative Realitäten / Historical
Reverse Engineering
Lecture, 13.5.2011
Something Fantastic
Universität der Künste Berlin


Futures – Inception Revisited
Lecture, 14.4.2011
w/ Matthias Böttger
re:publica XI
Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin


Futurology and Strategic Foresight
Teaching Assignment, SS 2011 - SS 2012
Design Akademie Berlin


In welcher Epoche leben wir? / What Age Are We Living In?
Lecture, 27.1.2011
Something Fantastic
Universität der Künste Berlin


Möglichkeiten urbaner Utopie im 21. Jh. / Possibilities for Urban Utopias in the 21st Century
Lecture, 26.1.2011
Institute for Transportation Design
HBK Braunschweig


Urban Soundscapes – E-Mobility between City Acoustics and Urban Sociology
Teaching Assignment, WS 2010/2011
w/ Felix Urban
Arts Management & Cultural Work
Potsdam University of Applied Sciences


The Good City
Lecture, 10.9.2010
Goethe-Institut/DAAD
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Dhaka


Hello Utopia! Welcome today
Lecture, 15.9.2010
Symposium: Bye Bye Utopia! Welcome tomorrow
raumlaborberlin
Kunsthaus Bregenz


Creativity and the City – Creative Industries and Innovation in the Urban Context
Teaching Assignment, SS 2009
Arts Management & Cultural Work
Potsdam University of Applied Sciences


Nachhaltige Zukünfte urbaner Mobilität / Urban Mobility’s Sustainable Futures
Lecture, 11.4.2009
Conference w/ Hans v. Storch, Harald Welzer et. al.
Friedrich v. Borries
Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg


Cottbus 2046 / Speculative Scenarios for a Doomed Region
Teaching Assignment, WS 2007/2008 - SS 2008
w/ ME Raabenstein & CD Jia
Urban Planning & Urban Design
Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus