ARCH+ 231: The Property Issue
ARCH+ collaborated with Arno Brandlhuber and Olaf Grawert (station+, DARCH, ETH Zürich) to edit the volume “The Property Issue. Ground Control and the Commons.” The issue, which is the outcome of their research on property, aims to help change how we view urban land, and encourage land law reform to return land governance to the local level. Brandlhuber, who is a professor at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zürich, contributed with a series of interviews he conducted for the feature film “The Property Drama.” The film was realized together film director Christopher Roth as part of the “Legislating Architecture” series, which explores the rules and laws of architecture.
“Who owns the land that we are building on?” is a question central to all societies, because space is as vital a resource as air and water. And yet architects seldom explicitly address the question of land ownership. “The Property Issue” establishes a connection between rising land prices and the disintegration of urban communities. Interviews with architects, urban planners, and politicians address the ability of planning, politics, and society to affect change on a political, economic, and spatial level. Many other contributions on politics and economics reveal not only prevailing lines of conflict, but also the potential to redefine policy with the long-term aim of establishing land, and thus the city, as a commons.
Further contributors include Oana Bogdan, Arno Brandlhuber, Anina Brisolla, Dogma/Realism Working Group, Egbert Dransfeld, Silvia Federici, Michaela Friedberg, Renée Gailhoustet, Olaf Grawert, Marisa González, Dolores Hayden, Florian Hertweck, Markus Hesse, Naomi Klein, Dirk Löhr, Christian Schulz, Niklas Maak, Marija Marić, Oksana Mironova, Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer, Joseph Nevins, Raquel Rolnik, Christopher Roth, Wolfgang Scheppe, Trebor Scholz, Patrik Schumacher, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Robert Thum, Milica Topalović, Harald Trapp, Douglas Spencer, and Hans-Jochen Vogel.
The Property Issue. Ground Control and the Commons
Co-edited by Arno Brandlhuber and Olaf Grawert (station+, DARCH, ETH Zürich)
232 pages, English language