The Berlage Sessions: Gabriel Cuéllar

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

As part of The Berlage Sessions, Gabriel Cuéllar gives the lecture 'The Architecture of Real Property'.

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

Can real property be designed? The response to this question depends on one’s conception of land. Often understood as an abstract legal and economic category, property tends to draw hardliners — it is either to be abolished at all costs or upheld as a marker of freedom. This talk suggests a more nuanced point of view: that property is an infrastructure of information and relation that is inherently spatial, material, and territorial, and therefore a subject of design. Referring to North American case studies from Texas to New York, the talk highlights property’s spatial turns and sets the parameters for a design approach that unfolds in contingent ways to tangibly alter spatial-material organizations.

The interest—the legal relation that binds people to each other and to intervals of land—is a key consideration for designers concerned with property. This talk offers several ways of working with such interests, harnessing big data, legal protocols, and materiality. The aim is to transform environmental realities and, in the process, the power relations mediated by property. By taking on real property as an architectural problem, fundamental questions surface: without a commissioning landowner, for whom would an architect work? Without a guaranteed patch of land, where would architecture be situated? If there were no property lines, where would architecture stop?

This lecture, entitled “The Architecture of Real Property," 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.