FX Beauties

Edited by Christine Bjerke

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

FX Beauties

Pub Date: November 2019

ISBN: 9781941332535

208 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $18.00£14.99

FX Beauties

Edited by Christine Bjerke

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

The FX Beauties are an online trading collective of Japanese women—mostly housewives who trade digital currencies in lieu of leaving household savings in the low-interest bank accounts commonly available in Japan. At their peak, the trading carried out by the women represented thirty percent of all retail currency trading out of Japan. By reworking the relationship between domesticity, cultural gender politics, financial systems, and decentralized networks, the FX Beauties demonstrate both the fragility and fortitude of gender norms in a neoliberal economy, as well as the ways that digital spaces encroach on domestic ones.

With a preface by James Taylor-Foster and contributions from Adjustments Agency, Tobias Brask, dpr-barcelona, Keller Easterling, Karen Sofie Egebo, Hélène Julia Frichot, Ryan John King/FOAM, Grace Quah, Jack Self, and Barbara Stewart.

About the Author

Christine Bjerke is an architect, educator, and writer based in Copenhagen. She is the cofounder of the international think tank In-Between Economies and she completed her MArch at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her work focuses on the intersections between the built environment, economic development, technology, culture, design, and architecture. She currently teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and her work has appeared in MacGuffin Magazine, Ed, Inflection Journal, and Archinect, among other publications.