The Berlage Sessions: Alexia Yates

Lezing / Debat

This lecture discusses the transformative effects that a phenomenal building boom and bust in Paris in the 1880s had on both the city’s built landscape and the market life of its real property. Part of a number of real estate bubbles that transpired around the globe in this period, the boom generated both new buildings and new ways of understanding real estate as a merchandise. Tracing how real property came to act as a commercial object in the spaces of the city and the portfolios of investors involves opening up the business networks, financial arrangements, and political and social ambitions that structured the production, distribution, and consumption of Parisian property.

This lecture is part of The Berlage Sessions, a thematic Friday afternoon seminar series entitled “Architectures of Speculation,” which considers architecture’s historical and contemporary relationship to real estate speculation, from urban developments associated with nineteenth-century London, fin-de-siècle Paris, and postwar Rome; to land ownership, the spatial ordering of property, and buildings as financial instruments. Lecturers will include Gabriel Cuéllar, Patrice Derrington, Florian Hertweck, Forbes Massie, Andrew Saint, Davide Spina, and Alexia Yates.

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