Displacement is the forced relocation and exclusion of people from places of origin, residence, and belonging. In the 21st or “urban” century, the restructuring of cities as engines of economic growth based on knowledge and service sectors, commodification of housing as financial assets and instruments, and escalating socioeconomic inequality have destabilized urban neighborhoods and routinized gentrification and displacement. 

The Anti Displacement Studio seeks to unravel the contemporary conundrum of displacement urbanism with a focus on the role and responsibility of the designer as creative accomplice to place-based activists and frontline communities. It undertakes reflective and purposeful action with those already leading the work of re/rooting, regenerating, repairing, and nourishing collective life through spatial projects and policies in cities.