Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow

Head of ISU since October 2012
T: +49 (0)531/ 391-3537

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow was appointed full professor at the TU Braunschweig in 2012, where she heads the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU). She is a licensed architect and urban planner, and co-founder of COBE in Copenhagen with Dan Stubbergaard (2005) and COBE Berlin (2012 |, a practice focusing on architecture, urban planning, public space design, and research.
Carlow studied architecture at TU Berlin and TU Delft (1995-2002). She holds a MA in Urban Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Copenhagen University, Ca Foscari Venice, Autonomous University Barcelona and Antwerp University (2004), and a PhD from the Center for Urbanism at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2012).
In 2013, Carlow was appointed Member of the German Association of Architects (BDA) and auditor of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
Dr. Carlow has lectured and taught at universities worldwide, including Tsinghua University, Tongji University, Riseba Riga, Penn State University and Cornell University.
Carlow’s research explores sustainable land use patterns, urban form and practices, urban-rural relations, and participatory planning. Her professional work has garnered prestigious prizes, including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale (2006, Best National Pavilion), the MIPIM Award Cannes (2012), and the Golden Medal for the best of Copenhagen Buildings (2012).

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals (2019-2021)

Abou Jaoude, G., Mumm, O., & Carlow, V. (2021). An Overview of Scenarios and Scenario Approaches: Towards a Guide for Urban Design and Planning. Journal of Planning Literature, under review.
Juraschek, M., Boland, K., Mumm, O., Mennenga, M., Dietze, S., Carlow, V., & Herrmann, C. (2021). Mapping the potential for urban industrial symbiosis with simplified data acquisition for the integration into urban planning scenarios. Industrial Ecology, under review.
Zhu, P., Mumm, O., Zeringue, R., Endres, E., & Carlow, V. (2021). Building-related resource use in Chinese eastern cities – Qingdao building stock as a case study. Applied Energy, under review.
Carlow, V., Mumm, O., Neumann, D., Schneider, A.-K., Schröder, B., Sedrez, M., & Zeringue, R. (2021). TOPOI – a method for analysing settlement structures and their linkages in an urban rural fabric. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, in press.
Verma, D., Mumm, O., & Carlow, V. M. (2021). Identifying Streetscape Features Using VHR Imagery and Deep Learning Applications. Remote Sensing, 13 (17). doi:10.3390/rs13173363
Abou Jaoude, G., Mumm, O., Murad, M., & Carlow, V. M. (2021). Possible futures of Berlin. The Urban Transcripts Journal,4 (2).
Carlow, V. M., Mumm, O., Neumann, D., Schmidt, N., & Siefer, T. (2021). TOPOI Mobility: Accessibility and settlement types in the urban rural gradient of Lower Saxony – opportunities for sustainable mobility. Urban, Planning and Transport Research, 9(1). doi:10.1080/21650020.2021.1901603
Mühlbach, A. K., Mumm, O., Zeringue, R., Redbergs, O., Endres, E., & Carlow, V. M. (2021). Topoi resources: Quantification and assessment of global warming potential and land-uptake of residential buildings in settlement types along the urban–rural gradient—opportunities for sustainable development. Sustainability,13(8). doi:10.3390/su13084099
Giebels, D., Carus, J., Paul, M., Kleyer, M., Siebenhüner, B., Arns, A., Bartholomä, A., Carlow, V., Jensen, J., Tietjen, B., Wehrmann, A., & Schröder, B. (2020). Transdisciplinary knowledge management: A key but underdeveloped skill in EBM decision-making. Marine Policy, 119. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104020
Appelhans, N., Abou Jaoude, G., Carlow, V. M., Mumm, O., Murad, M., Schröder, B., & Trapp, J. H. (2019). An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Open City. Trialog Open City, 136(1). doi:10.24355/dbbs.084-202109061403-0
Tempelmeier N, Rietz Y, Lishchuk I, Kruegel T, Mumm O, Carlow VM, et al., editors. Data4UrbanMobility: Towards Holistic Data Analytics for Mobility Applications in Urban Regions2019: Association for Computing Machinery. doi:10.1145/3308560.3317055
Carlow, V. (2014). Limits-urban density and mobility networks in West Berlin during the period of containment. Sustainability, 6(10). doi:10.3390/su6107452

Books and Book Chapters (2014-2021)

Carlow, V., Abou Jaoude, G., Karadag, C., Mumm, O., Scheer, M., & Schöning K. (2022). METAPOLIS. TOPOI. SCENARIOS. For urban-rural sustainability in Lower Saxony. Eds. Carlow, V., Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU. Berlin: Jovis. (upcoming).
Carlow, V., Gräser, Y., Hagedorn, A., Löhdefink, M., & Mumm, O. (2021). Move in the City – Ansätze datengetriebener Analyse von Stadträumen und die Umkehr des Assistenz-Gedankens in partizipativer Stadtentwicklung. In E.-W. Luthe, S. V. Müller, & I. Schiering (Eds.), Assistive Technologien im Sozial- und Gesundheitssektor. Springer VS. (in press).
Jacob, D., Kessel, T., & Carlow, V. (2020). Tagungsband des 13.EU-Symposiums am 21.05.2019 in Berlin URBAN.DIGITAL.MOBIL (Vol. D 251). Technische Universität Bergakademie.
Appelhans, N., Abou Jaoude, G., Carlow, V. M., Mumm, O., Murad, M., Schröder, B., & Trapp, J. H. (2019). Open City(Vol. 136). TRIALOG e. V.
Carlow, V., Schmidt, V., Neumann, D., & Mumm, O. (2019). Projektakademie Ländlicher Raum. In Handbuch Innovative Lehre. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-22797-5_25
Carlow, V. (2018). Alternatives Leben im Ländlichen Raum? In A. Herbote, M. Peschken, C. v. Wissel, & GTAS (Eds.), Fund-Stücke: Reflexionen über Objekte der Sammlung für Architektur und Ingenieurbau der TU Braunschweig (Vol. 19, pp. 122-123).
Carlow, V. (2018). Stadt für Alle. In K.-A. Pahl, I. Reuther, P. Stubbe, & J. Tietz (Eds.), Potenzial Großsiedlung – Zukunftsbilder für die Neue Vahr (pp. 118-133). Jovis.
Carlow, V., Christiansen, D., Rothfuchs, K., & Scheler, C. (2018). Zukunftsbilder für die Neue Vahr. In K.-A. Pahl, I. Reuther, P. Stubbe, & J. Tietz (Eds.), Potenzial Großsiedlung – Zukunftsbilder für die Neue Vahr (pp. 80-83). Jovis.
Carlow, V. (2017). Perspektiven einer wissensbasierten, kooperativen und offenen Stadtentwicklungspolitik. In R. Bundesinstitut für Bau- Stadt- und Raumforschung im Bundesamt für Bauwesen und (Ed.), Stadt im Fokus – 10 Jahre Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik. BBSR.
Carlow, V. (2017). The transformation of the London Green Belt – from Sanitary Scenery, Global City Infrastructure to Sustainable Landscape. In E. Voigts & N. Pleßke (Eds.), Transforming Cities. Winter a&e.
Neumann, D., Sedrez, M., & Carlow, V. (2016). Scenarios for sustainable development of the Lower Saxony Metapolis. In J. Schröder, M. Carta, M. Ferretti, & B. Lino (Eds.), Territories. Rural-Urban Strategies (pp. 258-265). Jovis.
Bormann, R., Carlow, V. M., Christmann, A., Dangschat, J., Faber, W., Grandt, B., Gross, M., Hahn, C., Heuser, T., Kort-Weiher, G., Nestler, N., Pätzold, R., Pfundt, K., Siebel, M., Sternberg, M., Trömmer, M., Walz, S., Weeber, R., Wehinger, F., & Weis, P. (2016). Das Soziale Quartier – Quartierspolitik für Teilhabe, Zusammenhalt und Lebensqualität. Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.
Carlow, V. (2016). LIMITS. Jovis.
Carlow, V., & ISU Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (eds.) (2016). Ruralism. The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World. Jovis.
Carlow, V. (2016). The relevance of thinking rural. In V. Carlow & ISU Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (Eds.), Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World (pp. 6-7). Jovis.
Carlow, V., & Hong, Y. W. (2016). Generic Design Tools to Produce Site-Specific Solutions: Three Projects. In F. Wang & M. Prominski (Eds.), Urbanization and Locality. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-48494-4_21
Carlow, V. (2014). From Greenbelt to Infrabelt – London’s Green Belt as a Model for Sustainable Landscape? In C. Sörensen & K. Liedtke (Eds.), Specifics – Discussing Landscape Architecture (pp. 212-215). Jovis.
Carlow, V., & Larsen, S. (2014). P10. Arcostraße. In K. Ring (Ed.), Urban Living Berlin (pp. 48-49). Senat für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin.

Conference Proceedings

Zhu, P., Wilken, T., Carlow, V. M., & Endres, E. (2020). A preliminary research on the benchmark of building resource consumption and sustainable strategies in Chinese eastern cities – Qingdao as a case study. Volume 12: Proceedings Applied Energy Symposium CUE2020,
Carlow, V., Mumm, O., Neumann, D., & Zeringue, R. (2020). TOPOI – Eine neue Typisierung von Stadt-Land Siedlungstypen. MobilEr 2020: Mobilität – Erreichbarkeit – Ländliche Räume, Braunschweig.
Carlow, V., Neumann, D., Sedrez, M., & Mumm, O. (2017). Exo Village, Peri Urb, and Meta Town: TOPOI of Settlement Types in the Metapolis. Ruralgeo: New Rural Geographies in Europe, Braunschweig.
Carlow, V. (2015). Space as a resource: West Berlin’s impossible sites. Sustainable Development and Planning VII, Istanbul.
Carlow, V., & Hong, Y. W. (2015). Growing a City for 1,000,000: Master Plan for the City between the Forest and the Ocean Senegal. Urban Ecologies, Toronto.

– – –

Currently funded projects as principal investigator or cooperation partner

INVITE. Postdigital participation of a diverse population in urban development processes. ISU (lead) in collaborations with Haus der Wissenschaften (HdW). Funded by the Leibniz ScienceCampus Postdigital Participation with funds from the Leibniz Association.

Junior Research Group „Sustainable Cities: Urban Flows and Production“. ISU (lead) with Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology IWF (co-lead). Funded by TU Braunschweig with funds from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

ISU SPACE LAB – ISU SPatial Analytics + Crossdisciplinary Experimentation Lab. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation under the funding scheme „Momentum – Promotion of First Appointed Professors“

LSC-PdP – Leibniz ScienceCampus Postdigital Participation. ISU with Georg Eckert Institute (Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research) (lead) with TU Braunschweig, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Leibniz Institute of Maritime History, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media, Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig. Funded by the Leibniz Association and Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture.

EAST-Cities – Establishing and Achieving Sustainability Targets in Eastern Chinese Cities. ISU (lead) and College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University (co-lead) in collaboration with Institute of Building and Energy Technology, Institute of Engineering Design, Institute of Geoecology, Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology, Institute of Sanitary Engineering, Institute of Transportation (all TU Braunschweig), L3S Research Centre (Leibniz University Hannover), GESIS Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences; UNEP TONGJI Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Dept. of Comprehensive Transportation Information, Dept. of Transportation Management Engineering (all Tongji University Shanghai). Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany (BMBF).

SINGAPORE ISUrF Hub – Establishing a joined industrial symbiosis & urban factories-hub in Singapore. ISU (co-lead) with Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology (lead) with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and regional partners. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Data4UrbanMobility – Data-based mobility services for the city of the future. ISU with L3S Research Centre / Leibniz University Hannover (lead), Momatec GmbH, Hannoversche Informationstechnologien AöR, Projektionisten GmbH and Wolfsburg AG. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF.

OPEN CITY – Theories, Perspectives, Instruments. ISU (lead) with the German Institute of Urban Affairs Berlin (DiFU) and TU Dortmund. Funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung

METAPOLIS – An inter- and transdisciplinary platform for sustainable development for Lower Saxony. ISU (lead) with Institute of Geoecology (lead), Institute of Social Sciences, Institute of Transport, Railway Construction and Operation, Institute of Building Technology and Energy Design, Chair of Business Informatics (all TU Braunschweig), Institute of Hydromechanics (Leibniz University Hannover). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK).


Tobias Kühn
Institute Management
T: +49 531/ 391-3537

Olaf Mumm
Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture
Deputy Head
T: +49 531/ 391-3542
Olaf Mumm studied architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. Olaf has over ten years of experience at the interface between urban planning and design in praxis and research. He has been involved in inter- and transdisciplinary as well as design-based research projects focusing on urban phenomenons, structures and typologies as well as the development of methods and instruments for indicator based urban design and planning. In 2014 Olaf joined the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism at the University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and is working on the collaborative research project METAPOLIS – an inter- and transdisciplinary platform for sustainable development of urban-rural relations in Lower Saxony and Spatial Perception Research.

Grace Abou Jaoude 
M.A. in Urbanism
Research Assistant
T:+49 531/ 391-3540
Grace Abou Jaoude received her Master of Science in Urbanism from the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft where her thesis focused on the spatial implications of automation in Dutch horticulture. She was part of the research team of the Automated Landscapes project at the Research Department at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Grace also holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape design from the American University of Beirut and has previously worked at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

Hsiao-Hui Chen
M.Sc. in Urban Planning, M.Phil. in Sociology
Research Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3509
Hsiao-Hui is finishing her PhD thesis in Urban Planning at HafenCity University Hamburg. She holds an MSc in Urban Planning from HafenCity University Hamburg, an MPhil in Sociology from Oxford University and a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from National Taiwan University. She has been working on transdisciplinary projects at several institutes in the UK, Taiwan and Germany. Her project topics have ranged from network and traffic flow simulation to land-use planning for zero-energy building, IoT and sociological survey research. Her research in ISU focuses on applying urban informatics, network analysis and agent-based modelling for exploring the spatial characteristics of street networks and pedestrian flows.

Chantal Karadag
M.Sc. in Architecture
Research Assistant
After absolving her Bachelor in Architecture at the TU Braunschweig, which included a semester abroad at the Tongji University in Shanghai and an internship in Amsterdam, Chantal also completed her master studies at the TU Braunschweig. Her thesis focused on transforming the ever-changing urban tissue of Qingdao’s outskirts and improving its infrastructure and livability. Joining the ISU research team she deals with the analysis and examination of future-oriented sustainability concepts for diverse urban and sub-urban areas.

Dr. Katja Knecht
Ph.D. in Media & Arts Technology, M.Sc. in Media Architecture
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Katja Knecht joined ISU in November 2021 as a post-doctoral researcher in the ISUrF-Hub project. She completed her Ph.D. at Queen Mary University of London in 2019 and has been conducting research at the intersection of media, technology, architecture and urban planning for over 10 years in Germany, the UK, and Singapore. Her research focuses on mediated spatial experiences and the human-centered design and development of digital systems to support participatory practices as well as design and decision-making processes in architecture and urban planning.

Majd Murad
M.A. Architect
Research Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3549
Majd Murad studied Architecture at the Arab International University in Damascus, and the Technical University in Berlin. He received his Master’s degree in MediaArchitecture from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, his work focused on implementing machine learning and computer vision algorithms in analyzing urban spaces. He has helped to organize a number of conferences addressing the topic of post-war cities, which resulted in creating the Syrian Lab for virtual urban planning SYLAVUP that he currently team leads.

Hartmut Raedchen
M.A. Architect
Teaching Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3542
After obtaining his journeyman as a cabinetmaker in Essen, Hartmut studied architecture and interior-architecture in Düsseldorf, Munich and Rome. He gained experience in various international architectural practices in England, Switzerland and Germany and has been teaching since 2018. Apart from teaching at the ISU, Hartmut is researching on industrial morphology and urban fabric of the Ruhrvalley.

Aleksandra Shekutkovska Dokoska
MAS in Urban Design
Teaching Assistant
T: +49 531/ 391-3542
Aleksandra Shekutkovska Dokoska graduated as an architect at the Faculty of Architecture, North Macedonia and completed the Master of Advanced studies in Urban Design at ETH Zürich. She has been working across disciplines and on different scale of projects ranging from Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Research, Publication and Academia over tenure of 10 years, with different organizations and institutes in Macedonia, Brazil, Switzerland, Thailand and Germany. In 2019 Aleksandra joined ISU’s teaching team.

Dr. Deepank Verma
Ph.D., MCP, B. Plan
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Deepank Verma holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE) at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India. His doctoral research investigated the relationship between individuals’ perception and urban surroundings. He received his undergraduate degree in Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal (SPAB), India, and a postgraduate degree in City Planning from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India. He works on Deep Learning applications specific to computer vision, audio analysis, and remote sensing. His research interests include Data mining, Machine Learning, Remote Sensing, Human perception, and Urban Design. He joined ISU in December 2020.

Ryan Zeringue
M.A. Architect
Research assistant
T: 0531/ 391-3549
Ryan Zeringue studied architecure at Louisiana State University. Afterwards he completed a masters degree in Urban Planning from the Bauhaus-University Weimar and Tongji University where his thesis studied the walkability of triangular, square, and hexagonal grid typologies.

Alexander Czeh
M.Sc. in Sustainable Transport, Transport Politics and Planning of Transport, MBA Sustainable Mobility Management
PhD Candidate
Alexander is doing his doctorate at ISU about the potentials of the traffic transformation for the re-design of urban space. In his dissertation he investigates for example, whether more living space can be gained through the traffic transformation towards sustainable mobility by deconstruction of the car infrastructure in cities( Alexander studied at the Technical Universities of Dresden, Delft and Berlin, holds an MBA in Sustainable Mobility Management and an M.Sc. in Transport Economics. He works as a research assistant at the Institute of Transport Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). As an expert for sustainable mobility with a focus on active mobility, cargo bike transport, paratransit and land use planning, Alexander worked in various projects in Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Laos, Liberia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Florian Liedtke
M.A. in Urbanism
PhD Candidate
T: +49 531/ 391-3540
Florian holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from TU Braunschweig and a Master degree in Urbanism from TU Berlin. His academic work focuses on urban morphology of Tokyo and Seoul as well as on disaster resilience and urban reconstruction in Japan, involving exchanges at Seoul National University (South Korea) and Nagoya University (Japan) and several field trips to areas undergoing reconstruction from earthquake and tsunami damage in Japan’s Tohoku region. Since 2016 Florian is active in organizing multidisciplinary summer schools to Japan on urban tsunami resilience as chairperson of the NGO German-Japanese Synergy Forum.

Ori Jauch
Ori Jauch studied Photography and Fine Art and is working as an artist in Berlin ( He is part of the producing team of the MOOC Making City.

Dr. Frank Schröter
Sebastian van Berkel

Julia Böhnlein
Victoria Coval
Burcu Daglayan
Simon Ebner
Tarek Elias
Juri Gödel
Chantal Karadag
Pia Melloh

Ehemalige Mitarbeiter*innen:

Marie Bruun Yde
Carolin Brüggebusch
Moritz Caesar Kuehl
Ines Dobosic
Jana Gutge
Melanie Humann
Nico Ilin
Jan Jungclaus
Ki Jun Kim
Julia Köpper
Urs Kumberger
Mathias Madaus
Dima Meiqari
Dirk Neumann
Volker Pietsch
Oskars Redbergs
Nina Rickert
Ulrike Schacht
Marie Scheer
Verena Schmidt
Sebastian Schmidt
Kristin Schöning
Dagmar Schulze Heuling

Maycon Sedrez
Philip Stapel
Alkistis Thomidou
Jomante Valiulyte

Ivonne Weichold
Yeon Wha Hong

Franziska Wiegand
Marie-Christine Zacharias