Housing: A Basic Human Right

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Keynote at Community Service Education Week, Boston U.

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What Does a Person Deserve?

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Ken Kimmelman
Barbara Buehler
Anthony Romeo
Dale Laurin

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Aesthetic Realism Explains the Cause of America's Housing Crisis & the Solution!

I feel passionately that when people learn to see other human beings as having insides, hopes, feelings as real as their own, homelessness will be a thing of the past. And I want people to know what is in these sentences from Self and World by Eli Siegel: 'The world should be owned by the people living in it....All persons should be seen as living in a world truly theirs.'" 
              —Ken Kimmelman, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker & Aesthetic Realism Consultant

This site describes a groundbreaking presentation about homelessness in America—and the crucial fact that it can be eradicated only when the underlying cause is seen and changed.

The speakers

New York City planner Barbara Buehler, architects Anthony Romeo and Dale Laurin, and Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. They tell what they've seen through their study of Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the American philosopher and poet Eli Siegel, about the cause of the housing crisis in America—the contempt at the basis of our economic system—how it begins in every person, and how it can change.

Presented at
  • Hunger Action, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Pace University Periclean Project, New York City
  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
  • New York Anti-Hunger League, New York University
  • Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) National Conference, Harvard
  • Nat'l Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness, U. of Maryland
  • Boston University's Keynote at Community Service Education Week
  • Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
  • American Institute of Architects National Convention, Philadelphia
What Does a Person Deserve?
From film "What Does a Person Deserve?" Photo by K. Cavanagh
Shown in this presentation is the award-winning public s
ervice film against homelessness and hunger produced by Ken Kimmelman, What Does a Person Deserve? based on statements by Eli Siegel, ending with the sentences quoted above, from Self and World:

     The world should be owned by the people living in it....
     All persons should be seen as living in a world truly theirs.

Dale Laurin, RA, moderator, speaks about how he came to see people and his profession differentlyand to feel that for other human beings to live without homes is an outrage that architects and others must do everything we can to end. 

Barbara Buehler, City Planner, NYC Department of City Planning (ret.), presents "Housing: a Basic Human Right"—documenting the horrible extent of homelessness in New York City, with a new, crucial understanding of the cause.

Ken Kimmelman, President, Imagery Film Ltd., shows What Does a Person Deserve?—and speaks about the film's meaning and what impelled him to make it. 

Anthony C. Romeo, AIA, tells of the critical state of housing for senior citizens, and what he learned about the relation of beauty and ethics—what's needed to end the brutally unjust situation we have now. 

Housing is a basic human right, and should not be a means of profit for landlords and developers.

America can have good housing for everyone!

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