Raquel Rolnik is an architect and urban planner, working on housing and urban policies. She was Director of the Planning Department of the city of Sao Paulo (1989-1992),National Secretary for Urban Programs of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities (2003-2007) and Urban Policy Coordinator of the Polis Institute (1997-2002). In 2008,she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing and visited the UK, causing some controversy, and other countries. She is also a professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Sao Paulo.
"A magisterial survey and analysis of what is fast becoming one of
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--David Harvey, author of Rebel Cities