An upgradeable and modular provisional shelter in Colombia was one of four Holcim Awards Encouragement prize winners in Latin America.Sustainable construction projects awarded in Latin America » Más información (Spanish) » Leia mais (Portuguese) »
The project is given distinction for its socially ambitious vision to provide affordable housing in areas where temporary shelters prevail. The authors demonstrate keen awareness of the fact that due to political and financial limitations in the region, almost all provisional shelters become permanent houses, yielding as a result very unsustainable conditions for human settlement.
To counter this tendency, the project convincingly demonstrates the potential of introducing sustainable construction techniques, proposing to utilize industrialized modular wooden volumes that are upgradeable to a permanent house through the addition of new modules.
Consequently, a new human settlement can be generated from a former emergency shelter area. High ethical standards are evidenced by the foreseeable integration of the inhabitants in the construction process. Ecologically, the project is also manifests a very responsible disposition by promoting the use of recycled wood and effective treatment of water and solid wastes. Socially, the work promotes collective interaction among community members while also providing zones necessary for individual privacy. The simplicity of the structures presents an economically feasible solution to low cost housing that is also applicable to other regions.See more
This project is given distinction for its socially ambitious vision to provide affordable housing in areas where temporary shelters prevail. Due to political and financial limitations in the region, almost all provisional shelters tend to become permanent houses, yielding as a result unsustainable conditions for human residence.
To counter this tendency, the authors convincingly demonstrate the potential of introducing sustainable construction techniques, proposing to utilize modular wooden volumes that are upgradeable to a permanent house through the addition of new modules.
The proposal also takes into consideration measures to involve the inhabitants directly in the construction process, thus increasing a sense of pride in collectively constructed space. In this sense, the project promotes the actual building of a community. As a result, a former emergency shelter area is transformed into a new human settlement.Download project entry poster (PDF, 4.66 MB) »See more
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