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real estate prices, Mietwucher and square: read About the discussions turn often, when it comes to the developments in the housing market. The philosopher, Ludger Schwarte calls for the subject in a larger context, and about the good Places to think about. He teaches philosophy at the art Academy in Düsseldorf with a focus on Aesthetics, political philosophy and philosophy of culture. His guest post is Live part of a focus on the topic.

Adequate housing is a human right: article 25 of the UN Convention on human rights ensures, finally, to every person “the right to a standard of living, his and his family’s health and Well-being, including food, clothing, housing”. For many homeless people, however, first of all, to fight for the right to housing. Before highways, space telescopes and the secret service, the Central built a tank, or time-consuming data centers to be purchased, it must be ensured that nobody lives cold on the street.

With whom and how we want to live?

as A first step to alleviate the housing shortage, the expropriation would be. There is no reason why for highways, gardens and houses are expropriated can be, but to the solution of a lot of their residential not to penetrate the problem. However, more important than the securing base areas through expropriation and conversion of an Outlook on long-term and equitable and, in this sense, adequate housing, however, is forms. Given the housing shortage, the price increases and the gentrification of the cities, we have to ask more precisely: Where, how and with whom we want to live? There is a new idea of living? And what are the requirements and goals of the future architecture?

The progressive industrialization and the mass housing construction have led to the sites of production, the factories and Housing have been relocated in the suburbs. Associated with over-crowded transport routes, this leads to most people to exclusion from urban life. As the philosopher Henri Lefebvre has derived from this observation a “right to the city” and on an architecture of pleasure. Instead of having to work in boxes, or living machines include, in turn, is the same oligarchs like the company, he demanded that urban qualities are collectively used and designed. But how this demand can be attributed to the collective design of quality of living?

Ludger Schwarte

teaches philosophy at the Academy of art in Düsseldorf.

We are not experiencing a crisis of housing, because housing for many are affordable, but also because the current forms of housing often prevent a good, self-determined and common life. The inner cities are home to ever-smaller apartments, mostly single dwellings. Those who can afford larger homes, do not use this often at all, so that entire neighborhoods seem to be orphaned. Living and shopping in the ghetto here, factory and office silos. Between them, on the ground, the homeless, in the air, the profiteers. Social relations are often only in at the same time, precarious, tech personalized and commercialized Form, are possible. Encounters between the apartments are held in electronic Form, as part of a self-marketing and formats, the selling corporations.

the higher the security, the greater the insulation.

This is not least also due to the fact that apartments for the collection and management of private property to be constructed especially according to the standards of safety. The higher the security, the greater also the Isolation. The more perfect the house is, the less it allows forms of unforeseen encounter, a live communication, or spontaneous cooperation. Increasingly living spaces, the block, consciously or unconsciously, the community experiences.

There are degrading architecture, and uplifting, the people themselves can grow. Through one of the buildings, once put it, the philosopher Georges Bataille, the people try to escape their Animal; however, they still monkeys, if you do not manage to come through the building.