Understanding Airbnb in Southern European cities
Guest: Chiara Iacovone (Future Urban Legacy Lab)
Short-term rental platforms are strongly present in the current debate over socio-spatial dynamics of contemporary cities as commodifying actors of public and private spaces.
Airbnb, as the most ubiquitous and pervasive of these platforms, is being scrutinized by the press and by academics.
The purpose of this project is to question the economic structure of Airbnb and to unveil hidden phenomena as dynamics in the ongoing polarization of society, and therefore interpreting Airbnb as an indicator of social discomfort and precariousness
rather than of innovation.
Assuming this statement, the discourse regarding platform urbanism could be implemented and considered an additional tool to investigate inequalities in cities, giving relevance to place-based information and what it can possibly imply in a human geographical perspective.
The paper focuses on post-crisis cities, in particular on a set of major Southern European ones (Athens, Thessaloniki, Palermo, Naples, Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Madrid) so as to trace and visualize specific socio-spatial effects of the economic
crisis through the analysis of platform urbanization.
The results will be shown with the aim of collecting cases and comparing them, to obtain a broader frame to analyze the phenomenon.