The Architecture of Real Estate
Commodified, architecture moves around as real estate. And while, with its materiality, architecture "makes real estate real," in the context of neoliberal economy, it is real estate that governs architectural social and political project (Martin et al: 2005). Still, these financial mechanisms that give form to our built environment, remain at the peripheries of architectural discussions. This seminar will aim at inverting this logic, opening up a question: beyond architectural elements such as rooms, ambience, windows, doors—how do elements of real estate such as land, rent, heating costs, to name just some, shape the value, and thus also accessibility of the buildings we live in? What is the architecture of real estate? And how could we, as architects and urban planners, learn to critically access its complex physical and economic materialities?