Laura Y. Liu
The expansion of non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism has accelerated the proliferation of digital sharing platforms for the exchange of goods, information, and spaces. Today, apartments, cars, work-spaces, and all kinds of services can be exchanged, opening the possibilities for new understandings of the city. But the promises of the so-called “sharing economies” come along with controversies around the unequal consequences of such a process.
How design and architecture can adapt to the sharing urban transformation? How can the discipline of architecture stop lagging behind the new technologies industry for a life of sharing? How can the architect intervene in the different economic, legal, and design arguments provoked by the sharing market?
Part III – Manifesto Series: The Sharing Movement is the third installment of a series of events initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now followed up with a collaboration with the Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. The series brings together leading practitioners and scholars within the sharing movement to explore its spatial, social, public, and private consequences, many of which are changing the future of urban life.