Crowdfunding Commons – 众筹共享 IF/THEN Studio Crowdfunding Commons imagines the potential of collective, open-source, and locally-specific resources built on the backbone of sharing economy structures. These distributed systems allow new fluid movement of people and capital in the city. They also unlock new potential for collective economies of scale. As our urban interface changes from primarily architectural to increasingly one of protocols and platforms, the project asks which new scales and modes of design have architectural agency in the city. Crowdfunding Commons enacts this research provocation through a real-time prototype and microcosm of the sharing economy over the course of the Biennale.
Crowdfunding Commons considers alternative structures to current “share” models. Instead of housing vulnerable populations in minimal and temporary housing, and co-opting long-term housing for tourists, we flip the script, developing pop-up housing for embedded short-term experiences which over time fund long-term community housing needs. As a model which expands itself by design, the short- term rental of a cabin raises money to build another, and those two to build a third. This exponential economy can redirect funds into community pools to allow communities to adapt to changing contexts. Our system accumulates capital in local, rather than distributed, systems, where the housing is based. As the distributed sharing economy expands around us, we are asking: To what ends? For whom? And with what values and goals?
As an exhibit, the share house takes the qualities of a writers retreat, with a minimal built-in bed, and a desk with a chair. The Biennale is the destination in itself, and our house proliferates on-site, making more houses. The scale of the cabin also echoes the dimensions of a worker’s room. The conflation of the minimal migrant quarters and the minimalist destination retreat visually intersects conversations of workers housing and short-term rentals.
Credits: Sara Dean, Rafi Aal, Cristina Gaitán, Rachel Weidinger.
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