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White, Wide and Scattered: Picturing (Her) Housing Career
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Critical Studies in Architecture)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4241-3431
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Critical Studies in Architecture)
2016 (English)In: This Thing Called Theory / [ed] Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, George Themistokleous, London: Taylor & Francis, 2016, p. 231-241Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is in the seductive space of real estate that finance and architecture find the space to flirt, collaborating on the shaping of brains, minds, and bodies through biopolitical and noological processes of subject formation, of assujettissement. Our real estate “choices” — it is as choices that they are presented to us as too often ingenuousaffect addled consumers — are conditioned by exposure to image worlds that over-determine how interior environmental niches are carved out, and how subjects and environments are co-produced.

The phenomenon of contemporary real estate also includes the rise of the entrepreneurial subject that we, with an irreverent nod to Maurizio Lazzarato’s formulation, call the ‘indebted woman’. Who is this ‘indebted woman’ and how has she come to be captured by the curated interior environments of contemporary real-estate? We will argue that the aesthetic figure of the ‘indebted woman’, who we frame for the purposes of our polemic, is diagrammatically captured in three ways: 1. By a milieu of ubiquitous whiteness producing the illusion of an infinitely receding horizon of possibilities; 2. By the recurring motifs of designerly objects placed so as to appear casually scattered, producing a mood of restlessness, a potential of mobility that endlessly defers a capacity to settle in and really make herself at home; 3. By the wide-angle framing of the real-estate image, which encloses her in a co-productive exchange between curated interior and ‘point of view’, with the result of over-determining her subjectivity as a biopolitically and noologically subjected subject. [HR1] Our[HF2]  plan is to picture these diagrams of capture, all of which are amply illustrated in the professionally produced real-estate imagery that provides content for real-estate websites like hemnet.se, booli.se, design blogs, and the real-estate pages of the daily press. WAs such, we propose to picture the ‘housing career’ of the indebted woman, and to do this we will take recourse to a fledgling theoretical framework we denominate feminist real-estate theory. We use this formulation as both a provocation, and to test what can be achieved with this ‘thing called theory’. Whether this theory will prove to be merely a tool of analysis, or else a means of critically projecting into what otherwise risks being a foreclosed future, is an issue, the risks and promises of which, we hope to discuss in our closing remarks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis, 2016. p. 231-241
Series
Critiques
Keywords [en]
real estate theory, feminist theory, architectural theory
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193068Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85026556052ISBN: 9781315406268 (print)ISBN: 9781138222991 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-193068DiVA, id: diva2:974884
Note

QC 20161013

Available from: 2016-09-27 Created: 2016-09-27 Last updated: 2018-04-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis offers a critical theorization of architecture’s shifting orientations towards the lives that it inevitably shapes and molds. The fourteen essays that comprise this thesis address a range of seemingly superficial transformations in architecture’s disciplinary landscape, which occur in Sweden in the second decade of the twenty-first century. When viewed in aggregate, these transformations point to a decisive shift in what architecture does, evidencing phases of withdrawal (through deregulations and enclosures) and facilitation (through exercises in projection and connection), ultimately suggesting the arrival of a condition that I refer to as the unbuilt environment, wherein the project replaces the building as architecture’s primary outcome.

 

Through this doctoral research, architecture is also examined as a key technology in the neoliberal project. A discipline that is vested in the production of subjects and environments, architecture is shown here to draw, write, and dream forth a vast range of “container technologies” that enclose, move, shape, support, and produce us as subjects, facilitating certain kinds of lives and not others, from the interior out. 

 

The research was motivated by the need to find the words to think, write, transform, and even negate what architecture was doing, when it was doing what it was doing, to lives led and to life itself, in the architectural present. My aim was always to produce thick, transformative, and essayistic theorizations of the state of things, which would be operative in a critical register. I also wanted to show, that the present constitutes a crucial site for the making of architectural theory. In running alongside and in excess of architectural practice, critical architectural theory, I argue, can produce a space for a yet-un-thought architecture: an architecture that might aspire to facilitate life at the scale of the population.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 422
Series
TRITA-ARK. Akademisk avhandling, ISSN 1402-7461 ; 2018-02
Keywords
The Unbuilt Environment; Withdrawal Symptoms; Pastel Cells; Container Technologies; Instant Archives; A Facilitative Environment; The Fog; The Promise of a Lack; The State of Things; The Liquid Seam; In Aggregate; Ghosts in Shells; Images of Desire.
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-226945 (URN)9789177297185 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-05-18, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20180502

Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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