Journal article

Incremental housing: harnessing informality at Villa Verde

David O'Brien, Sandra Carrasco, Kim Dovey

ARCHNET-IJAR INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose: This paper analyses the incremental housing process developed at Villa Verde, a housing project designed by the Chilean architecture firm Elemental, whose director Alejandro Aravena received the Pritzker Prize in 2016. This project is conceived within a social housing framework and designed as an affordable “half-house” to be incrementally extended by the owners. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is based on research undertaken in August 2017 with data obtained through site surveys, trace analysis, interviews with 32 residents and photographic surveys. The researchers mapped the modifications made by all households at Villa Verde in the four years after occupation. Findings: T..

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