Real Estates in Cyprus: A Diary

  • Anne Kockelkorn ETH Zurich


This edited ethnographic diary, produced during a research and teaching stint in Cyprus, takes in the island landscape, politics and underlying economic forces dramatically shaping the environment in order to reveal a complex picture across a variety of scales and analytical registers. The aim of this diary is to understand the recent real-estate transactions launched by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and selling EU-Citizenship in tandem with real estate, particularly as high-end luxury development along the coast. This understanding of land ownership and real estate evolves around the notion of territoriality, which defines territory as a cultural and social product and which includes the Lefebvrian dimension of lived space. The fragmented form of the diary entry will allow to cut across the different registers mentioned above; the work of the editing process will consist in framing the subjective position of the self as a political.

This text is introduced by a reading compiled by Hélène Frichot


References Main Text:

Ayla Gürel: ‘Wohn- und Bevölkerungsfragen im geteilten Zypern’, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, no 12 (2009), 14-18, online: www. zypern, accessed 18 July 2019.

Félix Guattari. The Three Ecologies (London: Bloomsbury, 2014 [1989]).

‘Cyprus Real Estate Market’, published by PricewaterhouseCoopers Cyprus in March 2018, 27 pages, 13, 4, online: en/industries/assets/real-estate-march2018.pdf, accessed 28 June 2018.

Keller Easterling, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (London/New York: Verso, 2014), 11-12

Michel Foucault, Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1977–78 (Hampshire, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 [2004]), lecture five, 8 February 1978.

‘Laissez-Faire Private Gated City’, in Socrates Stratis: ‘Architecture as Urban Practice in Contested Space’, in: Socrates Stratis (ed.), Guide to Common Urban Imaginaries in Contested Spaces (Berlin: Jovis, 2016), 13-33: 32.

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‘Architecture as Urban Practice in Contested Spaces’, op. cit. (note 11), 13-33: 32.

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References Reading:

Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016), 133.

Gustave Flaubert, The Letters of Gustave Flaubert: 1830-1857 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1980), fn 1, 22.

Friedrich Schlegel, Athenäums-Fragmente und andere Schriften (Berlin: Holzinger, 2016), 53.
Félix Guattari, The Three Ecologies (London: The Athlone Press, 2000).

Author Biography

Anne Kockelkorn, ETH Zurich

Anne Kockelkorn is an architectural historian and urban researcher, focusing on the intersections between design, territorial politics and processes of subjectivation. Her PhD in History and Theory of Architecture investigates the representation and production of large-scale housing in France before and after the neoliberal reforms of 1977 (pass with distinction, ETH Medal in 2018). In spring 2018, she was an invited Guest professor in Architecture at Cyprus University and since spring 2019 she co-directs the Master of Advanced Studies program for History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Her co-edited volumes include Productive Universals–Specific Situations. Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2019, with Nina Zschocke) and Housing after the Neoliberal Turn: A Sample Atlas (Berlin: Spector Books, 2015, with Reinhold Martin, Stephan Aue and others).

How to Cite
KOCKELKORN, Anne. Real Estates in Cyprus. Writingplace, [S.l.], n. 3, p. 33-57, dec. 2019. ISSN 2589-7691. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 oct. 2020. doi: