Dr. Ignacio Castillo Ulloa

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  • Discipline:

    Architecture and Urban Planning

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    Technische Universität Berlin

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Biography: Dr. Ignacio Castillo Ulloa is an Architect, Research Associate, and Lecturer at the Chair of Urban Design and Urban Development at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin. He is working on the research project “Education: The Spatial Knowledge of Children and young Adults (and its Application) in Planning Contexts” of the CRC 1265 “Re-Figuration of Spaces.” He is also one of the Global Centre of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS) Coordinators at TU Berlin. His research interests include socio-spatial development and alternative, disruptive (local) practices, critical urban research, and the use of spatial research methods.

Selected Publications:

  • Castillo, I./Schwerer, J. (2021): Qualitative Meta-Analyse. In: Heinrich, Anna Juliane/Marguin, Séverine/Million, Angela/Stollmann, Jörg (eds.): Methoden der qualitativen Raumforschung. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. utb: Bd. 5582. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 415-426.

  • Castillo Ulloa, I./Schröder, D. J./Helbrecht, I. (2021): Subject(ified) strategies for spatial(ised) ontological security in refigured modernity — SFB 1265 Working Paper No. 7.

  • Million, A./Haid, C./Castillo, I./Baur, N. (eds.) (2021: in press): Spatial Transformations. CRC Press Series: The Refiguration of Space. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • Castillo, I. (2020): Space and radical planning: Linking protest action and local community self-development. Berlin: TU Berlin Press.

  • Castillo, I. (2019): The planner’s subjective destitution: Towards a hysterical-analytical triad of planning theory-research-practice. Raumforschung und Raumordnung. 77(2), 181-198.

  • Castillo, I. (2019): Crystallising actual neighbourhood development via public space, ‘non-adversarial’ political subjectivity and extra-institutional politics. In: Altrock, U./Kurth, D./Kunze, R./Schmidt, H./Schmitt, G. (eds.): Quartierentwicklung im globalen Süden. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 249-276.

  • Castillo, I. (2018): A renaissance of ‘socially rebellious’ community development: A tale of a locale. Radical Community Work Journal 3(2).

  • Castillo, I. (2017): Public space as catalyst for an alternative politics of neighborhood development. TRIALOG 126/127, 5-11.

  • Castillo, I. (2016): From apophenia to epiphany: Making planning theory-research-practice co-constitutive. plaNext—next generation planning 3, 16-35.

  • Castillo, I. (2015): Acting in reality within the cranny of the Real: Towards an alternative agency of urban commons. In: Dellenbaugh, M./Kip, M./Bieniok, M./Müller, A./Schwegmann, M. (eds.) Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market. Basel: Birkhäuser, 130-147.

  • Castillo, I. (2013): Unravelling spaces of representation through insurgent planning actions. In: Chiodelli, F./De Carli, B./Falletti, M./Scavuzzo, L. (eds.) Cities to be Tamed? Spatial Investigations Across the Global South. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 262-283.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Critical Urban Research
  • Urban Management and Development
  • Spatial Research Methods
  • Planning Theory

Current Position(s):

  • Research Assistant and Lecturer, Department of Urban Design and Urban Development
  • Research Associate, CRC 1265 “Re-figuration of Spaces”

Past Position(s)

  • Project Assistant, in:polis urbanismus, Berlin, Germany
  • Project Consultant, GTZ, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Researcher and Project Manager, Research Program on Urban Sustainable Development, San José, Costa Rica

Prizes & Awards:

  • 2019-2020: Research Fellow, Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, Conicet-IDES, Argentina
  • 2009: Consultancy for the project “Improving governance in secondary cities in Bangladesh” (carried out by the former GTZ)
  • 2005-2007: Consultancy for the project “Urban and Regional Plan for the Great Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica” (PRUGAM) (financed by the EU)

Memberships & Networks:

  • Member of AESOP Young Academic Network
  • Member of the Costa Rican Chamber of Architects