"It's the economy, stupid!"
IAAC Winter Lecture Series
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

"the economy, stupid." —James Carville, 1992.

The lecture is an exploration on the possibilities of relational post-capitalist cities and the [lack of] money., based on the research of new ways of production, open source platforms, DIY and new technologies to implement small-scale designs that can be catalyst for larger-scale impact, accompanied by innovative economic models that has emerged in the past years, such as local production, crowdfunding, micropayments and social money; and how they have affected and transformed the role of the architect. 

In this context, we understand the crisis of the capitalist system is simply the result of a crisis of values? that has led people to seek other solutions where architects are trying to create another kind of architectures, going from the philosophy of DIY [Do it yourself] to the DIWO [Do it with others]. However, these forms of influence in the urban environment also open the door to large uncertainties and it’s important to make a critical review of immaterial labour in the architectural practice. Interestingly, the question that emerges is about how to transform this dizzying abundance of bottom-up projects based on sharing economies into a new community based model to provoke real structural changes in the system we live in.

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