Los Vecinos Affordable Housing (US)

Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation developed the first LEED Platinum, 100% solar-powered low-income housing complex in San Diego. This state-of-the-art development located in Chula Vista achieved LEED certification with natural ventilation, tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, and low-flow water fixtures. The complex was designed on the site of what used to be a vacant motel, which contributed to the neighborhood’s decline. Now this “recycled” property is helping to “green-up” the neighborhood and all the residents of Chula Vista. It is a great case-study development. Please click here for more details.

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Orangi Pilot Project (Pakistan)

Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) as an NGO began work in Orangi town in 1980. Orangi situated in the periphery of Karachi is a cluster of 113 low-income settlements* with a population of 1.5 million. On the success of its five basic programs of low-cost sanitation, housing, health, education and credit for micro-enterprise, in 1988 OPP was upgraded into three autonomous institutions.

The approach is to encourage and strengthen community initiatives (with social, technical guidance and credit for micro-enterprise) and evolve partnerships with the government for development based on the local resources. The methodology is action research and extension. That is analyzing outstanding problems of the area, people’s initiatives, the bottlenecks in the initiatives, then through a process of action research and extension education evolving viable solutions promoting participatory action. In short developing low cost packages of advice, guiding and facilitating community organizations for self-help and partnership with the government. Please click here for more details.

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Quinta Monroy Housing (Chile)

The challenge of this project was to accommodate 100 families living in a 30-year old slum, using a subsidy of USD $7,500 that in the best of the cases allowed for 36 square meters of built space in a 5,000-square-meter site, the cost of which was three times what social housing could normally afford. The aim was to keep the families’ social and economic networks, which they had created close to the center city, instead of evicting the families to the periphery. The Architects wanted the families to live in houses able to achieve a middle-class standard instead of condemning them to an everlasting social housing one. None of the solutions in the market solved the equation. So they thought of a typology that, as buildings could make very efficient use of land and as houses allowed for expansion. Please click here for more detail

Quayside Village (Canada)

Quayside Village provides 19 residential units, five of which are affordable housing, with the ambition of reducing social inequity. The units comprise of 1-3 bedroom apartments and townhouses, all of which are wheelchair accessible. The complex is based on a 1000 mcompact site. This reduces energy consumption and resource usage. It is within walking distance from a public market and a sea-bus distance from restaurants, parks, schools and other services. This keeps the residents engaged with city life. The housing has several communal facilities such as a 232-square-meter common house and a 60-square-meter commercial space. Please click here for more details.