House of Production
In opposition to processes of production, finance capitalism focuses in investment as the means for profit. With this, the house has become a key element for the exchange of value, simplifying its components to financial assets that allow bigger fiscal efficiency. This radical understanding of architecture as an accumulation of capital value and short term profit has had a pronounced effect on our built environment.
However, one of the main problems in discerning the reasons and motives for the crisis of housing markets during the modern era is the inability to signify what ‘housing’ really is. On the one hand, a house is seen as a place of domestic bliss, a refuge of familiar solidarity, love, relaxation and social reproduction. At the same time the house is a tool of real estate profit through the fixation of its functions by global market forces. This latter understanding of housing is intrinsically tied to private property. However, private property is not only a legal designation for ownership. Its much more than that.
Marx noted that the origin of private property is the origin of owning the means of work and production. Owning something, from a mere tool to a house, was a way of owning someone’s labor. Claiming the property over something specifically implies that it has economic value and therefore a profit. By transforming the household into private property one inevitably exercises power over others who do not have it. Therefore, it is necessary now more than ever to create a housing that operates outside the cyclical forces of the neoliberal market, housing does not have economic value and therefore does not belong to anyone. Housing that cannot be exploited. A house without ownership.
This project tries not to fall into the false idyll of domesticity, but proposes a life for contemporary nomadic workers, to whom mobility and uprootedness is part of their life as metropolitan dwellers. In this project no type of household or family structure is defined.
By having an anonymous room where the identity of the user is not present it promises the possibility of a life liberated from the burden of household property. The room challenges the modernist understanding of the generic non-descriptive space, as it allows for the maximum potential for exploitation, and therefore, domination. The project proposes that, actually, by creating a highly spatially specific room but that at the same time does not imply a specific use, one can create something generic. Only be being totally specific one can be absolutely generic.
Only by accepting our own individuality we acknowledge our belonging to a collective.