Homing interview with Peer Smets Conducted by Milena Belloni (Amsterdam, November 2019) "Having some common space is great and produces opportunities for interaction, but the idea that interaction will just emerge spontaneously is not correct. Relationships need guidance, and there are so many obstacles and misunderstandings that hinder encountering each other. For instance, when a … Leggi tutto HOMING INTERVIEW #49: PEER SMETS
The Netherlands has recently launched a project to provide shelters for undocumented migrants. How can state authorities provide housing for the invisible population of those who are simply not supposed to be there? Belloni and Aru answered this question by interviewing local authorities, government officials and civil society and by spending time with undocumented migrants … Leggi tutto M. Belloni, S. Aru: ‘Sheltering the undocumented in Amsterdam: Inclusive housing rights or policing urban informality’?
Based on 9 months HOMInG research in Amsterdam, Milena Belloni addresses the commission of the municipality over the mayor's proposal to restrict squatting. As she argues, squatting can provide cheap and creative solutions for the unsolved housing problem of the many undocumented migrants living in the city. Here is the text of the speech. 30th … Leggi tutto The social importance of squatting: Milena Belloni’s intervention at Amsterdam City Council