The Value of Housing
This issue of Footprint brings together housing-as-design with housing-as-policy and housing-as-market to discuss what is, today, the value of housing. It discusses how the architecture of housing plays a role in changing behavioural norms and models of subjectivation promoted by the neoliberal ideological agenda. The contributions included in this issue examine different ways of addressing the production of housing either as a social right or a commodity, or both combined. Reviewing cases from North America, Europe and Asia, they discuss the extent to which the social and economic agendas of the public sector and the market determine the architecture of housing. The background of the discussion is defined by a deadlock: the architectural discourse calls upon the state to re-provide housing and solve the crisis, while the neoliberal state is not interested in commissioning housing. Against this background, this issue examines how the architecture discipline can engage in new ways of responding to the neoliberal state of affairs, examining the entwined relation between ‘architecture’ as a cultural product and ‘housing’ as a socioeconomic need.
Aalbers, Manuel. The Financialization of Housing: A Political Economy Approach. London ; New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Aalbers, Manuel B., and Brett Christophers. ‘Centring Housing in Political Economy’. Housing, Theory and Society 31, no. 4 (2 October 2014): 373–94.
Allweil, Yael. Homeland: Zionism as Housing Regime, 1860-2011. Planning, History and Environment Series. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.
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Burdett, Richard, and Philipp Rode, eds. Shaping Cities in an Urban Age. London; New York: Phaidon Press Inc, 2018.
Caramellino, Gaia, and Federico Zanfi, eds. Post-War Middle-Class Housing: Models, Construction and Change. Bern: Peter Lang, 2015.
Cupers, Kenny. The Social Project: Housing Postwar France. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
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Krivy, Maroš, and Tahl Kaminer. ‘Introduction: The Participatory Turn in Urbanism.’ Footprint, no. 13 (2013): 1–6.
Marcuse, Peter, and David Madden. In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis. London ; New York: Verso Books, 2016.
Martin, Reinhold, Jacob Moore, and Susanne Schindler, eds. The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate — A Provisional Report. New York: The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, 2015.
Mazzucato, Mariana. The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths. Penguin Books, 2013.
———. The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy. Allen Lane, 2018.
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Mota, Nelson, and Ricardo Agarez, eds. The ‘Bread & Butter’ of Architecture. Footprint 17. Heijningen: Jap Sam Books, 2015.
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Spencer, Douglas. The Architecture of Neoliberalism: How Contemporary Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
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Waswo, Ann. Housing in Postwar Japan: A Social History. London: Routledge, 2002.
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