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Nikos A. Salingaros, David Brain, Andrés M. Duany, Michael W. Mehaffy & Ernesto Philibert-Petit

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Socially-Organized Housing: the Geometry of Control

04:00 - 30 July, 2019
Socially-Organized Housing: the Geometry of Control, Program Minha Casa Minha Vida - Luís Correia/PI. Foto: Otávio Nogueira, via Flickr. Licencia CC BY 2.0
Program Minha Casa Minha Vida - Luís Correia/PI. Foto: Otávio Nogueira, via Flickr. Licencia CC BY 2.0

Having explored the design that establishes 'emotional ownership' and the antipatrons of social housing, Nikos A. Salingaros, David Brain, Andrés M. Duany, Michael W. Mehaffy and Ernesto Philibert-Petit continue their series of articles on social housing in Latin America. This time, the proposal studies how control influences the urban form and the form of housing.

Anti-Patterns of Social Housing in Latin America

06:30 - 15 April, 2019
Anti-Patterns of Social Housing in Latin America, <a href='https://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/cl/893152/paraisos-siniestros-fotografias-aereas-de-vivienda-de-interes-social-el-mexico'>Paraísos Siniestros: vivienda de interés social en México</a>. Image © Jorge Taboada
Paraísos Siniestros: vivienda de interés social en México. Image © Jorge Taboada

Continuing the series of articles developed by Nikos A. Salingaros, David Brain, Andres M. Duany, Michael W. Mehaffy, and Ernesto Philibert-Petit, in this article we'll be exploring how observations on social housing in Latin American have been approached from an outdated and antagonistic point of view. Notions and errors committed in previous studies - in some cases simply by inertia - are discussed in the Latin American context, and propose adaptable solutions focused on the long-term, urban roots of residents.

Socially-Organized Housing: Design That Establishes Emotional Ownership

08:30 - 23 March, 2019
Socially-Organized Housing: Design That Establishes Emotional Ownership, Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok
Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok

Developed by Nikos A. Salingaros, David Brain, Andrés M. Duany, Michael W. Mehaffy, and Ernesto Philibert-Petit, this series of articles offers here a set of evidence-based optimal practices for social housing, applicable in general situations. Varying examples are discussed in a Latin American context. Adaptive solutions work towards long-term sustainability and help to attach residents to their built environment.

They propose, then, new insights in complexity science, and in particular the work of Christopher Alexander on how to successfully evolve urban form. By applying the conceptual tools of “Pattern Languages” and “Generative Codes”, these principles support previous solutions derived by others, which were never taken forward in a viable form.