Concrete Chic: from Vertical Squatting to Airbnb

Guest Lecture, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, university of pennsylvania, October 23, 2017.

 

Responding to the recent revival of interest in brutalist architecture and creative activism, this lecture considers how the photographic and filmic treatment of "concrete chic" in settings ranging from vertical squatting to Airbnb produce a transnational spectacle of the abject. I propose that, far from being subversive, this spectacle ultimately reinforces contemporary urbanism's addiction to gentrification, stylized boutique living, and glossy, generic architecture.

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