The Outcasts


Level 5


side effects of civilisation,

the indifference by elites,

the night of the modern civilisations


don't forget us




Squalid living conditions

of Hong Kong's Poor Population


The slums of Kathmandu, Nepal


Italian twenty-year-olds' life

without studying or working


Germany’s Poor Pensioners




How To Be Homeless in Japan


Naples, Italy: Family lives in the car


My daily life in the slums of Mumabay, India


How Many Homeless in Each State.

It's not just California




Poverty in the Pandemic:

Americans in Corona-Fueled Economic Crisis


How to survive in Los Angeles - without a home?

DW Documentary


The Poorest of the Poor:

On the Edge of Europe


Turin, Italy: evicted, their car becomes home


In Rome, Italy, the migrant-unauthorized sweeper:

"In Nigeria I was an engineer,

here I want to integrate myself working"




California, U.S.A.: How Silicon Valley's housing

boom is creating a homeless crisis


California tent cities grow massively!


Living with the Dead




Japan's Hidden Poor


Inside France’s new shantytowns


Rome, Italy: 35,000 evicted,

an entire city without a home


Italians evicted, homes for the refugees.

It's a shame!


Record evictions in Turin, Italy




Italy: the reason why the rich

get rich more and more


A journey through the Bangkok slums, Thailand


India's 'Slumdog' Millions:

A glimpse of life in Bihar's slums, India


For Love or Money - The Slum


Poverty rates surge in American suburbs




Manila Slums:

Travel to the Philippines and meet the Poor.

Their dream is to have a television set


Shocking place in Downtown Los Angeles, U.S.A.


Inside the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, India




California, U.S.A.:

Mondays are moving day for San Diego’s Homeless


Brazil: Inside Rio’s favelas, the city's neglected neighborhoods


Natasha is 22 years-old and has been homeless sleeping rough in London for 4 years


Tent cities rise amid housing

shortage in Silicon Valley, California




  • David Harvey: "A brief History of Neoliberalism", Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2005.

Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, author of The New Imperialism and The Condition of Postmodernity, here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. Through critical engagement with this history, he constructs a framework, not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.


  • Colin Crouch: "The Strange Non-Death of Neo-liberalism", Polity Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2011.

The financial crisis seemed to present a fundamental challenge to neo-liberalism, the body of ideas that have constituted the political orthodoxy of most advanced economies in recent decades. Colin Crouch argues in this book that it will shrug off this challenge. The reason is that while neo-liberalism seems to be about free markets, in practice it is concerned with the dominance over public life of the giant corporation. This has been intensified, not checked, by the recent financial crisis and acceptance that certain financial corporations are ‘too big to fail'. Although much political debate remains preoccupied with conflicts between the market and the state, the impact of the corporation on both these is today far more important.

Several factors have brought us to this situation.  Most obviously, the lobbying power of firms whose donations are of growing importance to cash-hungry politicians and parties. The weakening of competitive forces by firms large enough to shape and dominate their markets.  The power over public policy exercised by corporations enjoying special relationships with government as they contract to deliver public services. The moral initiative that is grasped by enterprises that devise their own agendas of corporate social responsibility.

Both democratic politics and the free market are weakened by these processes, but they are largely inevitable and not always malign. Hope for the future, therefore, cannot lie in suppressing them in order to attain either an economy of pure markets or a socialist society. Rather it lies in dragging the giant corporation fully into political controversy. Here a key role is played by the small, cash-strapped campaigning groups who, with precious little help from established parties, seek to achieve corporate social accountability.


  • Michel Chossudovsky: "The Globalisation of Poverty. Impacts of IMF and World Bank Reforms",  Zed Books Publisher, London, United Kingdom, 1997, 2003 extended edition.

The author of this book contends that the reality of free trade and globalization is impoverishment for growing numbers of people. What is more, the unemployment and marginalization are not confined to the Third World, but also exist in the rich countries and the former Soviet Union. This overview of macroeconomic disaster in the making explains how and why the processes are related. It shows how structures of the global economy have changed fundamentally since the early 1980s, and how the leading international financial institutions, notably the IMF and the World Bank, have forced Third World and Eastern European countries to facilitate these changes. The consequences of the new financial order, as the author's examples from all parts of the world show, is a globalization of poverty.


  • Jean Ziegler: "Les nouveaux maîtres du monde et ceux qui leur résistent" ("The new rulers of the world and those who resist them"), Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris, France, 2002.

Aujourd'hui (2003) dans le monde, tous les jours, 100 000 personnes meurent de faim ou de ses suites immédiates, victimes d'un impératif et d'un seul, imposé par les maîtres du monde le profit sans borne. Au cœur du marché globalisé, banquiers, hauts responsables de société transnationale, opérateurs du commerce mondial accumulent l'argent, détruisent l'Etat, dévastent la nature et les êtres humains. Ce livre révèle leur visage, analyse leur discours, dénonce leurs méthodes, et les mercenaires qui les servent, au sein de l'OMC, de la Banque mondiale et du FMI, et démonte l'idéologie qui les inspire, jetant une lumière crue sur le rôle joué par l'empire américain. Face à ces nouveaux maîtres, la résistance s'organise. C'est la nouvelle société civile planétaire dont Jean Ziegler montre ici la richesse, la diversité et la détermination.


  • John Ralston Saul: "Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West", Vintage Books Publisher, New York City, U.S.A., 1993.

In this provocative analysis of modern society, John Ralston Saul shows that throughout the West there is a crisis, due largely to our blind faith in reason. Instead of a basis for ethical behavior, reason is often reduced to mere practicality. If we continue to allow process-minded experts, “Voltaire’s bastards,” to run society, we risk the breakdown of our legal, financial, and cultural systems, thus endangering our societies.


Gli “equilibristi della povertà” sono le persone che hanno un reddito sufficiente a pagare un affitto o anche un mutuo, ma che riescono a malapena a pagarsi di che mangiare o a pagare le utenze. Una vulnerabilità che li fa camminare costantemente sull’orlo del precipizio della povertà vera e propria, in cui cadono di fronte a imprevisti anche minimi. È questo il dato che emerge dal terzo Rapporto “Povertà a Roma: un punto di vista” realizzato dalla Caritas di Roma e presentato oggi presso il Vicariato di Roma. La pubblicazione, 188 pagine ricche di dati e infografiche, riporta un quadro generale della situazione socio-economica della Capitale e tre ambiti di approfondimento su sovraindebitamento delle famiglie, l’esigibilità dei diritti e il problema casa. Non manca anche un report sull’attività dei 157 centri di ascolto promossi dalle parrocchie romane. 


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  • Claudia Astarita: "Cina: reddito di cittadinanza finanziato col turismo",  Articolo sulla rivista Panorama, 2018:  L   I   N   K .

Alloggio, lavoro, assistenza sanitaria e contributi pensionistici garantiti ai poveri che vivono nelle campagne. Dalle aziende private.

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Even the longest journey begins with a first step! Systemic Habitats is on line since the 18th of May 2012. This website was created to publish online my ebook "Towards another habitat" on the contemporary architecture and urbanism. Later many other contents were added. For their direct or indirect contribution to its realisation strarting from 2012, we would like to thank: Roberto Vacca, Marco Pizzuti, Fiorenzo and Raffaella Zampieri, Antonella Todeschini, All the Amici di Marco Todeschini, Ecaterina Bagrin, Stefania Ciocchetti, Marcello Leonardi, Joseph Davidovits, Frédéric Davidovits, Rossella Sinisi, Pasquale Cascella, Carlo Cesana, Filippo Schiavetti Arcangeli, Laura Pane, Antonio Montemiglio, Patrizia Piras, Bruno Nicola Rapisarda, Ruberto Ruberti, Marco Cicconcelli, Ezio Prato, Sveva Labriola, Rosario Francalanza, Giacinto Sabellotti, All the Amici di Gigi, Ruth and Ricky Meghiddo, Natalie Edwards, Rafael Schmitd, Nicola Romano, Sergio Bianchi, Cesare Rocchi, Henri Bertand, Philippe Salgarolo, Paolo Piva detto il Pivapao, Norbert Trenkle, Gaetano Giuseppe Magro, Carlo Blangiforti, Mario Ludovico, Riccardo Viola, Giulio Peruzzi,  and last but not least Ahmed Elgazzar.   M.L.


















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