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“A richness of interpretation and a level of detail ripe for implementation”

Regional Jury Report – Latin America

Master plan.
Master plan.

This neighborhood design integrates workspace to enhance the potential livelihood of a vulnerable, displaced population. The base unit is a patio house design of locally- sourced prefabricated panels. Production of the components needed for the houses is intended to spark a new local industry that could employ residents. Houses adapt to the plot conditions, responding to a corner lot or major street and can be expanded as families or home businesses grow. Homes are grouped to encourage community building and social interaction within an urban plan designed to maximize shading.

The longer the members of the jury considered the project, the more depth they found in a project that is not flashy but is, they felt, exceptionally well resolved. From the wall panel to the settlement plan, the project has a richness of interpretation and a level of detail ripe for implementation. This is further underscored by the impressive economic model that delivers excellent quality at a low construction cost. The inclusion of means of livelihood within many housing developments is a crucial question for precarious communities. Here, workspace is included as a negotiation between the space of the home and the space of the street. Weaving working into living and houses into a neighborhood, the project produces a dense carpet of possibility for community building.

Last Updated: June 10, 2017
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São Paulo, Brazil
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