Journal article

Contested incrementalism: Elemental's Quinta Monroy settlement fifteen years on

David O'Brien, Sandra Carrasco

FRONTIERS OF ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Quinta Monroy is an award-winning co-designed settlement for 93 families on half a hectare of land at Iquique in northern Chile. Neighbors' complaints about the disorderly settlement peaked after the landowner's death and provoked untenured residents to seek government subsidies to redevelop the settlement. From 2003, a government social housing project was coordinated by the “Elemental” architecture firm with US$10,000 per household. With the resident's temporary relocation, 93 modular and interlinked apartments were built around a series of courtyards. These apartments, which were designed as “half-houses,” were subsequently co-opted by residents adding rooms in locations planned in ad..

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