Ioanna Piniara

We have Never been Private! The Housing Project in Neoliberal Europe

Supervisors: Dr Pier Vittorio Aureli, Dr Maria Giudici

The thesis puts forward an interpretation of the transformation of the concept of the private in domestic space within the socio-economic regime known as neoliberalism; the cultural and social role of domestic privacy were diminished and the private evolved to reflect an economic condition. By investigating four housing programmes in London, Berlin, Madrid and Athens, the thesis proposes a critical reassessment of privatisation as a policy of dispossession that led to the formation of new economic inequalities and the resulting urban transformations. To understand neoliberal processes of dispossession means also to conceptualize them as methods for a form of resistance.