Rosenberger Publishes New Book on Homelessness and Design


Robert Rosenberger

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Robert Rosenberger's new book looks at how cities combat homelessness.

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The end of 2017 saw the release of Robert Rosenberger’s new book, Callous Objects: Designs Against the Homeless, with University of Minnesota Press.  The book is a short and polemical critique of the ways that cities design the objects of public spaces to push homeless people out of view.  With a focus on everyday public-space objects, like benches, garbage cans, and fences, Rosenberger highlights a pervasive strategy adopted by cities to hide the problem of homelessness through the re-design of public space.  He argues that this anti-homeless design trend works in accord with a variety of laws that cities pass to target homeless people, laws which homeless advocates claim make homelessness itself a crime.   


The book includes a catalog of many of the design strategies that target homeless behaviors, an analysis of anti-homeless laws, and an exploration of many specific cases, from anti-camping laws, to anti-homeless spiked ledges, to homeless advocacy art projects.  To think further about these issues, Rosenberger draws ideas from social theory, political philosophy, phenomenology, and feminist epistemology.  This pocket-sized book is written for a widely interdisciplinary audience.




The book can be read online through the publisher’s Manifold project here:


For a selection of Rosenberger’s previous academic and public writing on the politics of public space see:

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