The current thesis sets as its starting point the notion of ownership. It tries not only to understand the ways ownership is conceived institutionally but also to identify its barriers. Through this search it crosses the notions of seizure and auctions within the frame of Greece.
Digitalization, which is set as the second cell of this thesis, appears as the meeting point of a huge number of subjects located around the world. Within the frame of technological evolution and the possibilities arisen, we can locate an amount of digital platforms with the objective of bringing together the common interests of different people worldwide. Interpreting these platforms through the perspective of the classical action of exchanging (give-take),a new, narrower field of research is set and its depiction is attempted; the greek digitalization.
Going further into the research, a considerable sample of seized real estate in the municipality of Thessaloniki is selected and recorded. Hence, a real estate net of seized spaces is designed as a supportive action coming to the aid of the distressed borrower rather than being a tool of punishment against him. In other words, the aim is the use of the real estate as a means of profit towards the gradual decrease of the underlying debt.
The different spaces (real estate) are chosen to host different uses open to the rest of the city and they are inter-connected among each other within the intangible space of the digital platform “Networked”. The programmatic approach of these spaces includes a variety of activities which can be described as a widen interpretation of the notion of “residency”. The notion of “residency” is perceived here as the study of human life expressed within space.
Similar platforms profiting from the exploitation of real estate, with the most profound example being that of Airbnb, are profitable, well established enterprises, which are masked behind the narrative of the cooperative sharing. The proposal of this thesis envisions a real estate net which encompasses the true meaning of the notion of community with the objective of a beneficial social impact. It strives not only to give spatial solutions, but also to solve matters related to administration, management and the traffic of profits in a potential application of the proposed idea.