THE CITY OF LEGITIMATE CAPITAL
Balneário Camboriú is a product of capital. Located in the south of Brazil, the city is not designed by a named architect, but its zoning allows for the market to resolve its shape: the result is the maximization of built density along the shore line and an expansion of the city that follows the waterfront. The variation in its phenomenal appearance is, in fact, a product of the exact same abstraction: The logic of accumulation and maximization of value. To that end, Balneário Camboriú can serve as a general model of a formless city, one in which there is no common form, but that is a materialized diagram of land value. The logic of land value is embedded in the ground, working with the abstraction of land subdivision. The architect is the market and the project is profit. As a formless city, its territory of extraction reaches regions far beyond the area that it physically occupies. A city of consumption and accumulation, it functions colonizing land and erasing forms of living other than the ones it entails.