Interview with Andrej Holm

Andrej Holm is a sociologist specializing in urban renewal, gentrification, and housing policy. He teaches at the Humboldt University and is an active supporter of the initiative “Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co”. He lives and works in Berlin.

Starting out from the question “What should the bank employees do?” posed in the film “The Broken Pitcher” Andrej Holm discusses the meaning of “home”. He explicates how the universal right to housing has to measure itself against financial logic. The so-called “highest and best use”, the maximum added value through the use of buildings, transforms the houses in which we live and work into objects of speculation. Where does this come from and how can residents defend themselves against it?