In a piece at Failed Architecture, Sasha Plotnikova reports on the tiny shed villages in Los Angeles that are meant to get unhoused people off the streets but instead are dehumanizing camps that criminalize homelessness.

But when these hotel rooms, sheds, and dorms are seen for what they are—the architectural expressions of policies that invisibilize poverty while doing little to help people out of it, land use interventions that justify the banishment of unhoused people from gentrifying neighbourhoods, and an extension of the carceral state into the home—the equation crystallises into a cruel formula for circumscribing the lives of unhoused people.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands

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