Everyone needs and deserves housing. But today our homes are being transformed into commodities, making the inequalities of the city ever more acute. Profit has become more important than social need, The poor are forced to pay more for worse housing. Communities are faced with the violence of displacement and gentrification. And the benefits of decent housing are only available for those who can afford it. In Defense of Housing is the definitive statement by leading urban planner Peter Marcuse and sociologist David Madden. They diagnose the causes and consequences of the housing problem and detail the need for progressive alternatives. The housing crisis is not an architectural or moral question, they argue, but a political and economic one that demands a radical response.
Peter Marcuse is Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has written extensively in English as well as German, in the US, the UK and various other European countries. His work has also appeared in newspaper and magazines such as The Nation,New York Newsday, Monthly Review, Shelterforce and many others. David Madden is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. He has published academic articles in some of the leading urban studies journals, and is Editor at the journal CITY. He has also published reviews and commentary in outlets including LSE Review of Books, the Washington City Paper and The Guardian.