Real Estate, Finance and Urban Development 4: Fictitious Commodities and Financial Tools

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (MDT)
Room: St. Charles, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
Organizers: Manuel Aalbers
Chairs: Manuel Aalbers


Session co-organised with the Regional Studies Association ( Research Network on Financial Geography (

Real estate and finance were at the roots of the global economic crisis that started in 2007. States and their many institutions, including central banks and financial regulators, have also been seen as complicit to the crisis. Cities have recently entered a period of severe economic turbulence, with high levels of financial uncertainty as resources of governments as well as citizens and businesses have diminished. Future funding for urban development is likely to be increasingly limited due to the reform and re-regulation of financial markets and changing underlying financial-economic conditions of urban property markets. This session emphasizes the relation between real estate, urban development and financial markets. In order to understand urban development and redevelopment processes, it is crucial to understand not only the interaction of supply and demand but also the role of state regulation as well as financial forces at work in increasingly international capital markets.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jonas König*, HafenCity University Hamburg, Designing a Fictitious Commodity: Valuation Practices in Architecture and Urban Planning 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Nicolas Raimbault*, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, The financialization of the logistics real estate industry and the privatization of (outer-sub)urban production 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Thiago Canettieri*, UFMG, Julia Franzoni, UFMG, Debt, territory and the new urban development funding through financial market: The “PBH Ativos S/A” case in Belo Horizonte, Brazil 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Matthieu Gimat*, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Increasing social housing production in France through financial tools and rationalities 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Martin J Murray*, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, The Fickle Imperatives of Real Estate Capitalism 20 4:00 PM

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