The [Anti]Speculation Desk engages with a major urgency of our times: real estate speculation and the housing crisis. The underlying intersecting systems that produce real estate speculation form a wider assemblage responsible for the painful experiences of displacement, eviction, precariousness and homelessness. While the effects of these systems are felt in ways that are all too real, their inner logic remains an enigma to most.
How is land valued in Montreal? What does our cityscape tell us about the monopoly of financial value? Can alternative forms of value be used to imagine land in a different, more meaningful way?Read More