August 7, 2019

On Aug. 7, 2019, during the weeklong Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice, scholars, practitioners, and activists joined the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy for a reception at the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) in Skid Row to celebrate the release of Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance with Raquel Rolnik, author, professor, architect, and urban planner from São Paulo. “Affordable housing is nothing! We should talk about social housing,” said Rolnik, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, in conversation with Ananya Roy, director of the Institute and professor of urban planning, social welfare and geography, and Pete White, founder and co-executive director of LA CAN. Rolnik explained her focus on the U.S. and exposing the “empire” on global financialization of housing. “It is a hi-tech military occupation of the cities by financial capital,” Rolnik stated. In her book Urban Warfare, Rolnik “charts how the financial crisis and wider urban politics have left millions homeless and in financial desperation across the world.”

Learn more about the Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice.

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