Raquel Rolnik analyses the impact of the financial power in cities and considers how fundamental the idea of the right to the city in a world increasingly colonized by the global finance is. Rolnik considers that urban and housing policies must be faced as a whole in order to achieve what she believes is the best use of a place: the use that meets citizen’s needs.
About the authors
Raquel Rolnik is an architect and urbanist and a professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at USP. She was special rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council for the Right to Adequate Housing, for two terms (2008-2011, 2011-2014). She was Planning Director of the City of São Paulo (1989-1992), Urbanisation Coordinator of the Pólis Institute (1997-2002) and National Secretary of Urban Programs of the Ministry of Cities (2003-2007), among other professional and didactic activities related to urban and housing policy.