New Director Of Zaha Hadid Architects Wants An End To City Control Of Planning

Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher wants to end government regulation of the housing market.

Parks should be privatized, and public housing and zoning rules should be abolished, he said.

Schumacher took over as chief of the 400-employee firm following the death of Hadid in Miami earlier this year.

At a speech in Berlin last month, Schumacher set out a list of demands, according to Dezeen:

  1. Regulate the Planners: Development rights must be the starting point, then tightly define and circumscribe the planners’ scope and legitimate reasons for constraining development rights: access/traffic constraints, infringements of neighbours’ property utilisation (rights of light), historic heritage preservation, pollution limits. Nothing else can be brought to bear – no social engineering agendas!
  2. Abolish all land use prescriptions: The market should perhaps also allocate land uses, so that more residences can come in until the right balance with work and entertainment spaces is discovered. Only the market has a chance to calibrate this intricate balance.
  3. Stop all vain and unproductive attempts at “milieu protection” (which ban conversion of rentals to condos in an attempt to protect the local residents.)
  4. Abolish all prescriptive housing standards: Planners and politicians should also stay away from housing standards in terms of unit sizes, unit mixes, etc. Here too the market has the best chance to discover the most useful, productive and life/prosperity-enhancing mix. The imposition of housing standards protect nobody, they only eliminate choices and thus make all of us poorer.Stop all interventions and distortions of the (residential) real state market. (All subsidised goods are oversupplied and thus partially wasted.)
  5. Abolish all forms of social and affordable housing: No more imposition of quota of various types of affordable housing, phase out and privatise all council housing, phase out the housing benefit system (and substitute with monetary support without specific purpose allocation).
  6. Abolish all government subsidies for home ownership like Help to Buy: This distorts real housing preferences and biases against mobility.
  7. Abolish all forms of rent control and one-fits-all regulation of tenancies: Instead allow for free contracting on tenancy terms and let a thousand flowers bloom. Here is a recipe for the creation of the dense, urban fabric that delivers the stimulating urbanity many of us desire and know to be a key condition of further productivity gains within our post-fordist network society.
  8. Privatize all streets, squares, public spaces and parks, possibly whole urban districts

Schumacher also welcomes overseas buyers of second homes in cities such as Miami and London, which he says helps boost the local economy. The media mistakenly demonizes such buyers (as making local housing stock unaffordable,) he said.

According to the Guardian, Schumacher is a former Marxist turned Libertarian.

 

 

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¯\\_(ツ)_/¯
4 years ago

BREAKING: Architect wants to abolish any/all restrictions an architect could ever encounter, more news at 11

Anonymous
4 years ago

Asshat

dbaz
4 years ago

These are the type of people that want to own the water supply

Anonymous
4 years ago

I don’t mean to go Alex Jones and all, but water fluoridation is ridiculous idea, as well as secular male genital mutilation, safe spaces, and political correctness.

Oscar
4 years ago

“Schumacher is a former Marxist turned Libertarian” (?!) Talk about a pendulum swing. Dude, maybe it’s your opinions that you should consider privatizing.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Isn’t Patrik married to Ayn Rand ?

Anonymous
4 years ago

haha!

Mondocondo
4 years ago

Touché

Anonymous
4 years ago

What a payaso.

marc
4 years ago

Holy sh*#.

dbaz
4 years ago

Basically, some sort of anarcho-capitalist system with no more public institutions and pay-to-breathe programs.

Null
4 years ago

Is this a joke? How can you grow to that age and that position of power and still have such childish world views? Given his pendulum swing, he apparently is unable to deal with nuance and middle ground. It seems obvious to me he got frustrated over all the regulations and decided to pull a Veruca Salt and whine about how we should live in some utopia where rich people get to do whatever they want. Spoken like a typical ancap, where they assume everyone is rich and if you’re not, fuck you. Private roads? Churches being responsible for public housing? Seriously? If this guy were in charge, we would be swimming in the feces of homeless people in downtown Miami, and we’ll have way more to join them, while they look down at us in disdain and congratulate themselves for all the hard work they’ve done all on their own without the help of anyone else…

Marc305
4 years ago

Yeah well keep dreaming, that will never happen in Miami.

marc
4 years ago

or anywhere else in the US fortunately.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Ohh yea , all your desires will come true …. in Mars :-# !!!!

Marc305
4 years ago

Lol, well, it is that time of the year, maybe he meant to send it to Santa in the North Pole.

Jesus
4 years ago

I wonder if he thinks public transportation should even exist. Or public schools. Or water as a human right.

Karl Eisen
4 years ago

The greatest problem we have is inequality. The reason is not just the unhappiness of the poorer but that ultimately, without them, the resource, the wealth vanishes. The philanthropic developers knew this. But Schumacher’s argument principally is to encourage inequality to increase, and resources to deplete, and so he says we don’t have a crisis in food, oil, car or textiles because there “the market works”. This, of course, is uneducated – we have crises with each. The market is destroying humanity because that ‘working’ relies on ultra-efficient resource depletion, which also applies to the smart city. What we need is exactly the opposite of Schmacher’s proposals. He may have exposed a hollow core at the centre of his work. It’s only value may lay in an illusion.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Basically he wants the western world to privatized ?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Maybe his wishes can come true in the next century

Ilovearchytecture
4 years ago

He loops around 360 degrees
But who cares…. he’s only an architect in charge of 400 more…. are they planning to take over America? China? Russia?

HE IS NOT MY PRESIDENT!!!!

Libertarian+Marxism =nazism

Although too much government regulations is not good !!!!! No matter what extreme liberals thinks!!

If his demands are not met… he will retaliate by building boring and ugly buildings …. and continue the use of sad dark grey color

Winston
4 years ago

Hear! Hear!

Edin
4 years ago

Amen.