How does architecture materialize “invisible” financial mechanisms? What does finance look like; where is it located? If it has an aesthetic and a contingent materiality, can finance be understood as an architectural phenomenon?
Positioning architecture at the center of global financial processes—mediating the economy across political borders and jurisdictions—this course examines the intersection and historical interdependencies between finance and architecture in global capitalist modernity. While the seminar focuses on the second half of the twentieth century, longer histories of empire—from colonialism and “informal” imperialism to neocolonial rule—will feature prominently in order to connect financial centers like the City of London, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt to an intricate system of “offshore” territories and financial “hinterlands” such as Accra and Port-au-Prince.
Assigned readings will be in English.
Prof. Dr. Anna-Maria Meister
Eva Schreiner M.A.
1st meeting: 24.10.2022, 17:00, L3|01 room 51 (Fachbereichssaal)