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Worlds of Homelessness

Worlds of Homelessness proposes an interdisciplinary and global engagement with homelessness and its connections to inequality, gentrification, racism and migration. The project creates a platform for local and international artists, architects and scholars to come together to share ideas.

Worlds Of Homelessness photo of a card board sign asking if have you ever felt invisible© Goethe-Institut / Foto: Loredana La Rocca

In Los Angeles, where the phrase „Homelessness is just a paycheck away“ is all too well known, the divide between the „haves and have-nots“ is ever-present. While the city is best known for its Hollywood image, it is estimated that 60,000 individuals experience homelessness in LA County on any given night. Among these are also students and working-class individuals, who have to live in their cars because they cannot afford to pay rent.

Worlds of Homelessness is a project of the Goethe-Institut that offers an interdisciplinary engagement with the issue of homelessness and its many related themes such as the gap between rich and poor, participation, inequality, gentrification, racism, and migration. Worlds of Homelessness brings together local and international artists, architects, scholars, and others to create a platform to share ideas, thoughts and to present their work, as well as examining the wide range of strategies being employed to engage with the many questions and challenges surrounding the issue.

The project is developed in cooperation with the Los Angeles Poverty Department, which has created art with and promoted the activism of Skid Row Artists for decades; the Thomas Mann House, the renowned and independent architecture school SCI-Arc, the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and NAVEL, a collectively driven cultural organization.

Worlds Of Homelessness photo of a card board sign asking if have you ever felt invisible © Goethe-Institut / Foto: Loredana La Roca


World of Homelessness Veranstaltungsreihe Teaser Slide © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Worlds of Homelessness
Worlds of Homelessness Event Series Recap

The “Worlds of Homelessness” event series in October 2019 created a platform for international and local artists, architects and scholars to share ideas, thoughts and their work around homelessness and its many related themes.

Framing the issue

Jutta Allmendinger Photo © WZB / Photo: David Ausserhofer

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The Big Pond #51: The Right to Housing

Berlin and Los Angeles may be separated by more than 9,000 miles, but these two metropolises share a common problem: homelessness. In this episode, producer Caroline Porter reports on the homelessness epidemic in Berlin and LA. This episode is a contribution of the Thomas Mann House to The Big Pond.

Housing Photo: Gordon Welters


The demand for affordable housing has reached an all-time high in both Europe and North America. In this episode, Tomma Suki investigates the housing situation in two major cities on opposite sides of the Atlantic: Berlin and Toronto.

MIETENmove!-Demonstration in Hamburg Photo by Rasande Tyskar on flickr licensed under CC-BY-NC 2.0

The Big Pond #28
Exploding Rents in San Francisco and in Berlin

Rents in San Francisco have exploded in recent years; by now, the metropolis in Northern California has overtaken New York as the most expensive city in the US. In Germany’s capital Berlin, the issue of affordable housing is also a hot topic – some are even suggesting dispossessing companies owning more than 3,000 apartments.

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