Since the turn of the millennium, the housing sector has been developing at a rapid pace from being a common good into a vehicle for profit accumulation. In a conversation with Anh-Linh Ngo, editor-in-chief of ARCH+ magazine, architect and artist Ana Filipovic will explore the question what spatial embodiments such a profit-oriented logic produces. The discussion will be moderated by Sebastian Schneider.
The past several decades, and in Berlin particularly the last one, mark the paradigm shift in housing, which transitioned from a common good into a vehicle for profit accumulation. This shift introduced the novel, hyper-optimized, and monetized spatial logic in housing planning, governed primarily by quantitative properties of a dwelling. What kind of architecture such logic produces, and what are its material and ecological properties? In the context of today’s booming capital, what are the dominant real estate narratives and their spatial embodiments? The prevalence of for-profit production over nonprofit one reaffirms its mainstream position, and as such, it deserves to be scrutinized for its ability to shape the collective understanding of what housing is.
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The online event takes place in the context of the exhibition »Beyond Walls« at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Akademie Schloss Solitude. The exhibition unites works by current and former fellows whose work addresses national, cultural or linguistic borders – barriers that have a considerable impact on our society. Reflecting the Akademie’s international character, the artists grapple with geopolitical and social phenomena in places like Stuttgart, Beirut and Lubumbashi. More information about the exhibition can be found here.