Design as Politics presents: Follow The Money – Finance, Architecture and the City


Also the coming semester the chair of Design as Politics will offer a master graduation studio to architecture and to urbanism students. After having focused on inequality (‘In the Ghetto’, 2010-2011), on vacancy (‘Rotterdam-Detroit’, 2011-2012) and on Democracy (‘We the People’, 2012-2013), we will focus on Money in 2013-2014.

Why Money? What does design have to do with money? We would say: everything!

Money has become the central critical issue for architecture and planning. How to plan and build when public and private funds have dried up? Why design new buildings, when the existing ones are not even finished or used? Why design public spaces when cities are unable to even care for or maintain the existing parks and streets?  If architecture and urbanism is to survive, it will have to place financing and money at the center of its attention, and it will have to be just as creative in its financial architecture, as in the design of spaces and materials.

Design as Politics says: Do not let this crisis go to waste! Profit from the freedom offered by the collapse of the old financial systems and create an architecture that can exist on its own terms, either through an extreme sobriety of materials and construction, by using innovative financial tools, through crowd funding, unexpected profitmodels or by using entirely new ways of payment from bartering to bitcoins.

Follow the Money, will offer an intense Msc3 and Msc4, that offers great freedom in defining and developing your own Idea, but also collective workshops and lectures by specialists in the fields of finance, project development, philosophy, art and politics.

If you are an architecture or an urbanism student, willing and able to dedicate yourselves to a studio that is at once rigorous and experimental, freethinking and superpragmatic, individualist yet with a strong team spirit, then send us a mail with your motivation and some examples of previous writings and designs before May 6. More info here.