The Berlage Sessions: Alexia Yates

06 november 2020 12:45 t/m 14:00 - Locatie: Online - Door: Communication BK

As part of The Berlage Sessions, Alexia Yates gives the lecture 'Selling Paris'.

This lecture will be streamed live on the website of The Berlage.

This lecture, entitled “Selling Paris," discusses the transformative effects that a phenomenal building boom and bust in Paris in the 1880s had on both the city’s built landscape and the market life of its real property. Part of a number of real estate bubbles that transpired around the globe in this period, the boom generated both new buildings and new ways of understanding real estate as a merchandise. Tracing how real property came to act as a commercial object in the spaces of the city and the portfolios of investors involves opening up the business networks, financial arrangements, and political and social ambitions that structured the production, distribution, and consumption of Parisian property. It requires reading the commonplace—from boulevards to apartment buildings—in unconventional ways, and adding new sources to our pantheon of urban texts: the publicity journals and advertising columns of real estate developers and agents; the rental contracts of property owners; the annual reports of property management companies; the shares and bonds of limited-liability companies and mortgage institutions. The payoff is not only a new account of the political and economic stakes (as well as social experience) of city-building during a crucial period of urbanization; it is also an account of real estate as a social product and terrain of contestation that helps trace the changing regulatory environment of state capitalism at the turn of the twentieth century.

This lecture is part of The Berlage Sessions, a thematic Friday afternoon seminar series entitled “Architectures of Speculation,” which considers architecture’s historical and contemporary relationship to real estate speculation, from urban developments associated with nineteenth-century London, fin-de-siècle Paris, and postwar Rome; to land ownership, the spatial ordering of property, and buildings as financial instruments. Lecturers will include Gabriel Cuéllar, Patrice Derrington, Florian Hertweck, Forbes Massie, Andrew Saint, Davide Spina, and Alexia Yates.

Destruction of the Butte des Moulins, 1st and 2nd arrondissements in Paris.