Session 3 – Land

The politics of land and ownership were a fundamental issue in the debates in architecture, planning and urban development around 1968. One of the demands of the ‘Diagnose’ exhibition was to transfer land-ownership from individual to public ownership in order to limit speculative activities and prevent indefinite profit-accumulation of ground-rent. Hereditary leasing, collective ownership and public property were additional demands, which are also gaining currency today. As land prices have multiplied rapidly, questions of accountability and affordability have regained relevance. Land allocated for social housing and services is frequently misappropriated and privatized, giving the higher bidder more rights over land than those in desperate need for it.

with: Sabine Horlitz (Berlin), Laura Calbet Elias (Berlin), Stavros Stavrides (Athens)

Discussant: Nina Gribat