This project explores the spatialization of digital real estate platforms in the burgeoning property technology, or Proptech, sector. With a focus on the US, we ask: how do
technologies for the management, transaction, surveyance and surveillance of real estate transform how we come to own the earth—and, perhaps
more importantly, who gets to own it?
Housing, and how we make it into home, is at the core of life in the United States. It's also at the center of numerous conflicts, from redlining and blockbusting to the global financial crisis. Today, we're confronted with a housing market that seems to reach historic highs with each passing day, creating the space for immense capital gains while introducing new challenges to prospective homeowners and renters alike.
This study confronts the contemporary challenges of housing through the lens of digital geospatial technologies. We are particularly interested in speaking with representatives, clients, and stakeholders operating at the nexus of real estate-finance-technology industry.
Ian Spangler is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. He has extensive research and teaching experience in the fields of urban, cultural, and economic geography, with a focus on how digital technologies mediate lived experience in cities. Previously, he has studied the effects of Proptech platforms like Airbnb on neighborhood residents in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ian is also a cartographer and creative writer; see his website for a selected portfolio of his work.