23.01.2018 | 15:00PM
A WALKING TOUR OF LONDON’S ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPE
During this walk, Louis will explore the emergence of the financialisation of the construction industry (this is the story of the modern City and the reason companies like Carillion exist); the rise of project management (which is after all the modern art of logistics); the emergence of new species of capitalists (merchant developers and contemporary real estate practices); and the way all these tendencies (folded into high-tech architectural design) provided the preconditions for the urban development of finance capitalism from the late 1970s through to today. The tour will be used to experience the ways in which architectural aesthetics, production of office space and urban externalities, consumption (retail, restaurants, etc). map onto the form and content of financial accumulation, and how these mesh to form a micropolitical field of urban subjectivity. A visit to the insurance district will allow for discussion of the global reinsurance industry, Lloyds of London, and shipping, amongst other things. The walk will end in the Roman Temple of Mithras in the new Bloomberg complex.