Derivative Architecture is an attempt to expand the remit of the architect as a social figure, to include models of ownership and finance. It understands capital and governance as spheres for architectural intervention. In Britain particularly, although also in other parts of the world, the mortgage-home has been used to polarize society and redistribute wealth to the top 1%. By designing financial products in a feedback loop with formal outcomes Derivative Architecture seeks to achieve the opposite – to use universal housing as a mechanism for social equality and the promotion of stable democracy.
Jack Self (1987) is an architect and writer based in London. He is Director of the REAL foundation and curator of the 2016 British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His writing has appeared in Architectural Design, The Guardian, New Philosopher, 032c and Dezeen, as well as elsewhere (see press). Jack's first book was Real Estates: Life Without Debt (Bedford Press 2014), now in its second printing. He is Contributing Editor for the Architectural Review, where he has worked in a number of capacities since 2009. As an editor for Strelka Press (2011-13) he developed the first print-on-demand books on architecture. Jack founded Fulcrum, a free weekly "pursuing architecture and the third millennium." Fulcrum remains the world's most read student publication about architecture and has been widely exhibited - most notably at the 2012 Venice Biennale. As a designer he has worked for several international firms, amongst them Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris and London (2007-09). His clients and partners include developers, housing trusts and public institutions (most recently the British Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum).
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