Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Alejandro Aravena's solution

Chilean Alejandro Aravena of Elemental practice spoke last night at LSE about social housing.

The practice identified the design conditions that would enable social housing to become an investment rather than an expense, without having to increase the amount of money of the current subsidy.

When describing the process, he explained acutely that "when the given money is enough for just half of the house, the key question is, which half do we do. We choose to make the half that a family individually will never be able to achieve on its own, no matter how much money, energy or time they spend. That is how we expect to contribute using architectural tools, to non-architectural questions, in this case, how to overcome poverty".

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