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Julia Borowicz


Julia-Borowicz_photo.jpgUCL Department of Geography
University College London
North-West Wing 
Gower Street 






My research focuses on the intersection of national integration policy in Germany and the everyday lived experiences, conditions, and spaces for encounter in Berlin. I use a mixture of analytical and empirical research methods to investigate expressions of culture and identity as they play out in diverse social practices in Neukölln, Berlin. In a moment of heightened divisive political rhetoric and broad nationalist movements – characterized by hostility to immigration, anti-Islamic rhetoric, Euroscepticism and a shifting anti-globalization base – it is more urgent than ever to document the ways in which intercultural integration, as a formal recognition of plural affiliations, generates multiple geographies of attachment and belonging that are both lived and conditioned through everyday encounter, and are enacted and affirmed in urban public space. My work builds on the broad literature on multiculturalism, as a lens through which to interrogate the “ideals” and enactments of intercultural integration policies while investigating Neukölln as a space of difference to establish how a policy of cultural reciprocity is materialized. By doing so, this research seeks to address two key aims: To reveal the conditions under which institutionalised spaces for encounter, created by these policies, are most productive in the context of a broader project aimed at welcoming “others” as “New Berliners.” Secondly, to investigate how the study of everyday lived spaces – experiential, material, and representational – can contribute to policy debates around “living with difference.”

This research will offer a timely assessment of how intercultural integration policies are materialized in a particular urban public space, and a critical engagement with crucial questions regarding the implications of grounded experimental practices on policies and theories of integration and spatial transformation more broadly.

Primary supervisor: Dr Tariq Jazeel
Secondary supervisor: Dr Tatiana Thieme



University College London
MPhil/PhD Candidate, Human Geography
2019 onwards

Parsons, The New School for Design
MA Theories of Urban Practice

University of Toronto
BA (Hons) Urban Studies, Human Geography & Political Science

Exhibitions and Conferences

Philadelphia Assembled, in•sitecollaborative
Mural concept design, research, & mapping, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia 2017

In between the Lines, Van Alen Institute,
Open Poll: Flash Competition Finalist [Redesigning voting], New York, 2016

The Irresistible Resistance: Earth Week 2016, collaborative + Tishman Environment and Design Center, Presentation and Conference, The New School, April 2016.

Actionable Theory, Parsons Festival + Industry City, New York, May 2015

Perpetual Renewal: Investigating Urban Renewal In The Lower East Side, Parsons School of Design + 596 Acres, Governor’s Island, New York, August 2014

Publications and Press


Borowicz, Julia, “The Draw of Difference” in Global Urbanist, 21 August, 2016.

Borowicz, Julia, “What Makes a Space Public?” in New Cities Foundation, 21 December, 2015.

Borowicz, Julia and Larissa Begault, “Methodologies for Reconstructing New Landscapes of Consumption and Production” in Urban Creativity Scientific Journal, Issue #1, 2015.

“Designing for an Equitable New York”: A Policy Recommendations Book, Developed by the graduate students in Theories of Urban Practice, Design & Urban Ecologies, and Design Studies Programs at Parsons, School of Design, 2013.

Borowicz, Julia, “Archival Responses: Urban Feminist, Queer and Indigenous Solidarity Practices.” FUSE Magazine, 2012 Blog Series on FUSE’s feminist legacy explored through an urban lens.


Serena Dai, “Williamsburg Walking Tour Examines How to Increase Public Space” DNAinfo NY, April 2015

Tanay Warerkar, “Reclaiming Williamsburg Through Walking Workshops” Greenpoint Gazette, April 2015


Lecturer, Parsons, The New School for Design, 2015-2017

  • PLDS 3502 Global Issues in Design and Visuality of the 21st Century
  • PSDS 2100 Design Research and Development Methods


    Teaching Assistant, Parsons, The New School for Design, 2015

    • PSDS 5508 Urban Theory Lab, led by Miodrag Mitrasinovic and Miguel Robles-Durán