Date: Monday 24 November 2014
Venue: Lecture Hall
In five years, Airbnb has re-purposed an unprecedented amount of architecture around the world. Everyone who has access to a house can now sell that access easily and safely. What used to be the fortress of the family and the individual is now a marketable asset in the economy, which questions whether the online marketplace for short-term lodging hasn't changed the home for good. Today, Airbnb is a major player in the much hoped-for ‘sharing economy’ but also remains an archetypal neo-liberal endeavour inviting all to be entrepreneurs of their own selves. Evolving from this ambiguous line, the AIRBNB Pavilion critically engages with the corporations owning the means of our identity, providing the infrastructure for our everyday lives and redefining the private realm and private property.
The AIRBNB Pavilion is an independent project that uses Airbnb as a paradigm to explore contemporary forms of domesticity. It began as an exhibition in the first three days of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and continues at present to gather and disseminate ideas around and about the house. It has been founded and is led by Fabrizio Ballabio (AA HCT 2013), Alessandro Bava (AADipl2013), Luis Ortega Govela (5th Year) and Octave Perrault (AADipl2013).
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