Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin

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Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin book launch, presented in association with UBC SALA.

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On Wednesday, October 27h from 5 to 7pm, we are welcoming a small group of attendees into our showroom for a special event, the launch of Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin by Matthew Soules. There is very limited seating to allow for adequate social distancing. All attendees and staff must be masked and provide proof of full vaccination upon entry. We will be live-streaming the event as well.

The global financial crisis of 2008 revealed the damage done by unchecked housing speculation, yet, in the ensuing years, the use of architecture as an investment tool has only accelerated, heightening inequality and contributing to worldwide financial instability.

Architecture is rarely considered as an important factor in contemporary economic and political debates even though sparsely occupied ultra-thin “pencil towers” develop in our cities, functioning as speculative wealth storage for the super rich, and cavernous “iceberg” homes extend architectural assets many stories below street level. Meanwhile, communities around the globe are blighted by zombie and ghost urbanism, marked by unoccupied neighbourhoods and abandoned housing developments.

In Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin, Matthew Soules issues an indictment of how finance capitalism dramatically alters not only architectural forms, but also the very nature of our cities and societies. From Ireland’s devastated housing estates to the luxury apartments of architect Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, Soules demonstrates how investment imperatives shape what and how we build.

Matthew Soules is an associate professor of architecture at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the founder of Matthew Soules Architecture. He has been visiting faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and visiting associate professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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