Artists Take on Real Estate Speculation and the Housing Crisis

Artists Take on Real Estate Speculation and the Housing Crisis

January 9, 2020

J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
J.A. De Sève Cinema


The Office of Rules and Norms, a transdisciplinary research studio recently launched within the Faculty of Fine Arts, is offering a new course called [Anti] Speculation-Excess and the City this winter term.

Art, rules and norms intersect in this experimental seminar where two dozen students will engage as artists with the culture of real estate speculation and the housing crisis. Visiting Artist Marie-Sophie Banville will lead the seminar and help students unpack the complex system of regulations that produces unaffordable cities and leads to social problems of disaplacement, precariousness and homelessness. Banville holds a BA from McGill in Political Science and Gender Studies, and an MA in Urban Planning from UdeM.


The Office of Rules and Norms (ORN) is an arts-based transdisciplinary collective that engages with regulations, the rule of law and cultural norms. These engagements reveal, comprehend, play with, subvert, and transcend current ways of understanding and acting in relation to regulatory forces in order to make room for more equitable alternatives. In its attempts to query legal and behavioral urban infrastructures, the ORN specifically deploys art and design practice, culture, and methods along three axes:
Art as Subversion | Intervening in grey areas of regulation
Art as Pedagogy | Making public various forces and forms of influence
Art as Decision-Making | Reorienting modes of knowing and deliberating