Finance Architecture and the City

Only offered from September 2013 - June 2014


Course Code Architecture: AR3DP110
Course Code Urbanism: Ar3U100

This Design as Politics master graduation studio is concentrated around Money. 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.”

Participating students:

Donatas Baltrusaitis – Graduated 28/10/2014
Emilia Bruck – Graduated 23/06/2014
Bart de Hartog – Graduated 26/06/2014
Yuhui Jin – Graduated 26/06/2014
Mikas Kauzonas – Graduated 28/10/2014
Pepe Niemeijer – Graduated 31/10/2014
Anniek Roosenschoon – Graduated 26/06/2014
Marije Ruigrok
Pim Schachtschabel – Graduated 26/06/2014
Diamadis Tegkelidis – Graduated 26/06/2014
Thomas Verbrugh – Graduated 04/11/2014