4008429: FU_Economy and Architecture

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Semester:WS 15/16
Lektionen / Semester:28.0 L / 21.0 h
Selbststudium:69.0 h



Bachelorstudiengang Betriebswirtschaftslehre (01.09.2012)
Masterstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Bachelorstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Masterstudium Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Finance (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)


  • The profession of the architect, business models and forms of work in architecture and society
  • Architecture as an object of business and/or speculation
  • The value vs. price of architecture: tension field between professional, social and economic criteria
  • Architecture in a degrowth society ("transformation design")


Participants are able …

  • to identify socioeconomic framework conditions and behavioral patterns
  • to analyze reciprocal effects between actions and actors at the micro level (architects, businessmen etc.) and the economic macro level
  • to understand theories on socioeconomic processes, apply them to architecture and critically reflect them
  • to compile empirical data and findings on the professional field of architecture
  • to reflect economic framework conditions and actions with regard to societal responsibilities



  • Elaboration of theoretical foundations in discussion groups, short lectures (if desired) or poster presentations. Optional: the presentation of empirical inquiry.

Voraussetzungen (inhaltlich)

  • Interest to work through academic literature.


Required reading:
Literature will be fine-tuned depending on the students' respective interests.
…Champy, Florent (2006): Professional Discourses under the Pressure of Economic Values. The Case of French Architects, Landscape Designers and Industrial Designers. In: Current Sociology (54), pp. 649-661.
…Ötsch, Silke, 'The Architect: a disappearing species in a financialised space?', in Economy and Architecture, ed. by Juliet Odgers, Mhairi McVicar and Stephen Kite (Routledge, 2015)

…Pongratz, Hans, A Society of Entrepreneurs: The expansion and profanation of 'creative destruction' in capitalist economies (2007), see Researchgate.
…Sklair, Leslie (2005): The Transnational Capitalist Class and Contemporary Architecture in Globalizing Cities. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 29 (3), S. 485-500.
…Smart, Alan; Lee, James (2003): Financialization and the Role of Real Estate in Hong Kong's Regime of Accumulation, Economic Geography, Volume 79, Issue 2, pages 153-171, April 2003
…Sommer, Bernd; Welzer, Harald (2014): Transformationsdesign. Wege in eine zukunftsfähige Moderne. München: Oekom-Verlag.
…Wilton-Ely, J. (2000): The Rise of the Professional Architect in England. In: Kostof, S. (Hg.): The architect: Chapters in the history of the profession, Berkeley: University of California Press, 180-207.


…Aalbers, Manuel (2008): The Financialization of Home and the Mortgage Market Crisis. In: Competion & Change, Volume 12, Issue 2 (01 June 2008), pp. 148-166
…Blau, Judith R. Architects and firms: A sociological perspective on architectural practice. 3rd ed. Cambridge, Massachussetts: MIT Press, 1988.
…Collier, J. (2006): The Art of Moral Imagination: Ethics in the Practice of Architecture. Journal of Business Ethics, 66, 307-317.
…Coxe, Weld (1986): Charting Your Course. Master strategies for organizing and managing architecture firms. In: Architectural Technology (May/June), S. 52-58.
…Draper, J. (2000): The Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Architectural Profession in the United States. In: Kostof, S. (Hg.): The architect: Chapters in the history of the profession, Berkeley: University of California Press, 209-237.
…Durkheim, Emile (1992 [1893]): Einige Bemerkungen über die Berufsgruppen. Vorwort zur zweiten Auflage von: Über soziale Arbeitsteilung. Studie über die Organisation höherer Gesellschaften. 2. Aufl. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, S. 41-75.
…Frank, Robert H; Cook, Philip J (1996): The winner-take-all society. Why the few at the top get so much more than the rest of us. New York, NY: Penguin Books (Business).
…Gutman, Robert (1988): Architectural practice. A critical view. Princeton, N.J: Princeton Architectural Press.
…Kloosterman, Robert C. "Building a Career: Labour Practices and Cluster Reproduction in Dutch Architectural Design." Regional Studies 44, no. 7 (2010): 859-871.
…Krippner, Greta R. (2005): The financialization of the American economy. In: Socio-Economic Review (3), S. 173-208.
…Manske, Alexandra, and Christiane Schnell, 'Arbeitsmarkt und Beschäftigung: Arbeit und Beschäftigung in der Kultur-und Kreativwirtschaft', in Handbuch Arbeitssoziologie, ed. by Fritz Böhle, Günter Voß and Günther Wachtler (Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 2010), pp. 699-727
…Odgers, Juliet; McVicar, Mhairi; Kite, Stephen (Hg.) (2015): Economy and Architecture. Abingdon: Routledge.
…Peck, Jamie (2005): Struggling with the Creative Class. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 29.4, S. 740-770.
…Montlibert, C. (1995): L'impossible autonomie de l'architecte: sociologie de la production architecturale. Strasbourg: Presses universitaires de Strasbourg.
…Veblen, Thorstein (2007[1899]): Pecuniary Canons of Taste. In: Veblen, Thorstein: Theory of the leisure class, Chapter 6.
…more depending on the specific interest.


Assessment tasks:
Essay (app. 2000 words) or (pre)academic poster
(other formats like blogs, radio session, intervention, empirical research and so on according to agreement with the lecturer and additional facultative presentation are also possible)

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


passed / failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


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