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How Architecture became Capitalism’s Handmaiden: Architecture as Alibi for The High Line’s Neoliberal Space of Capital Accumulation

How Architecture became Capitalism’s Handmaiden: Architecture as Alibi for The High Line’s... Architects define much of the fabric of our cities and associated public realms (parks, plazas, facades, public buildings), but do so in service of clients who provide both the program and the finance for the projects. In a neoliberal framework, even attempts by architects to contribute to the production of democratic civic places is appropriated by developers for capitalist accumulation, depublicizing public spaces in the process. Through a general discussion of architecture under neoliberal capitalism and a case study of the New York City High Line and surrounding high design new construction, this essay explores ways in which architecture has transformed to serve speculative capitalists, and investigates models for reclaiming architecture as a discipline in the service of civic agendas. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

How Architecture became Capitalism’s Handmaiden: Architecture as Alibi for The High Line’s Neoliberal Space of Capital Accumulation

Architecture and Culture , Volume 5 (2): 23 – May 4, 2017

How Architecture became Capitalism’s Handmaiden: Architecture as Alibi for The High Line’s Neoliberal Space of Capital Accumulation

Architecture and Culture , Volume 5 (2): 23 – May 4, 2017

Abstract

Architects define much of the fabric of our cities and associated public realms (parks, plazas, facades, public buildings), but do so in service of clients who provide both the program and the finance for the projects. In a neoliberal framework, even attempts by architects to contribute to the production of democratic civic places is appropriated by developers for capitalist accumulation, depublicizing public spaces in the process. Through a general discussion of architecture under neoliberal capitalism and a case study of the New York City High Line and surrounding high design new construction, this essay explores ways in which architecture has transformed to serve speculative capitalists, and investigates models for reclaiming architecture as a discipline in the service of civic agendas.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2017.1325263
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Abstract

Architects define much of the fabric of our cities and associated public realms (parks, plazas, facades, public buildings), but do so in service of clients who provide both the program and the finance for the projects. In a neoliberal framework, even attempts by architects to contribute to the production of democratic civic places is appropriated by developers for capitalist accumulation, depublicizing public spaces in the process. Through a general discussion of architecture under neoliberal capitalism and a case study of the New York City High Line and surrounding high design new construction, this essay explores ways in which architecture has transformed to serve speculative capitalists, and investigates models for reclaiming architecture as a discipline in the service of civic agendas.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: May 4, 2017

Keywords: High Line; capitalism; speculative development; architecture; design; real estate; exclusionary spaces; neoliberal space

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