Journal article

Beyond the freedom to build: Long-term outcomes of Elemental's incremental housing in Quinta Monroy

Sandra Carrasco, David O'Brien

URBE-REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE GESTAO URBANA | PONTIFICIA UNIV CATOLICA PARANA-PUCPR | Published : 2021

Abstract

In 2003, the Chilean architecture firm Elemental began to revisit the idea of partially completed housing harnessing the productive capacities of the informal process within a more formal framework. The Quinta Monroy project in the northern Chilean city of Iquique was the first such project and involved the in-situ replacement of an informal settlement. The desire of residents was for a middle-class house that was beyond the scope of their budget or the subsidy. The Elemental project at Quinta Monroy comprised 93 expandable houses designed in parallel buildings and organized in four courtyards aiming to promote community interaction and maintain neighbors' affinities. This paper investigates..

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