Posts Tagged low cost housing

$300 House – What A Few Hundred Doesn’t Buy

The exciting dialogue about design-and-technology kit houses like the $300 house competition and Tata Steel’s $700 house (launching by end-year) suggests new social enterprise solutions to developing world cities’ housing crunch. To make these ideas more viable we outline some of the issues that need to be […]

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Affordable Housing’s Distant Dream in Buenos Aires

This article “Affordable Housing – A Distant Dream”  highlights Buenos Aires as another unfortunate example of one of the world’s great cities – in a middle income country, not one of the poorest – being unable to house its working and informal sector citizens in decent quality […]

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“Building” on SOCAP 11: New Faces, Shared Spaces in Urban Investing (Part 2)

One of the wonderful things about SOCAP is that entrepreneurs, investors, companies, NGOs, researchers and students from diverse universes can come together to share ideas, solve problems and co-create. For me, it meant connecting with folks not just in housing and urban investment but also in parallel, […]

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Transformando viviendas en hogares y desarrollos urbanísticos en comunidades

En la última publicación sobre vivienda social en América Latina, concluimos que ofrecer vivienda de calidad continua siendo un reto complejo (Buscando el balance entre calidad y cantidad) ¿Por qué es necesario ofrecer calidad a un cliente que tan solo por salir del asentamiento informal está mejorando […]

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Transforming houses into homes, developments into communities

In our last blog post on the quality of the supply of affordable housing in Latin America, we concluded that providing quality housing remains a complex challenge (Finding the balance between quantity and quality). Why is quality even important if the customer’s life will improve just by […]

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Colombia takes an important step towards quality social housing

Last week, Colombia joined other Latin American countries, including Chile and Mexico, in approving regulations for the construction of social and affordable housing. As part of its housing policy, the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development published the Guidelines for Technical Assistance for Affordable Housing. The […]

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Colombia da un paso importante hacia la vivienda social de calidad

La semana pasada Colombia se sumó a otros países latinoamericanos,  incluyendo a Chile y México, en aprobar reglamentación para la construcción de la vivienda social. En el marco de su política habitacional, el Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial publicó las Guías de Asistencia Técnica para […]

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Social Housing in Latin America: finding the balance between quantity and quality

Innovative strategies are being developed in Latin American countries as an attempt to provide access to adequate housing. With new programs and additional funding, governments and the private sector are refining targets to close the housing gap. Brazil, under the Rousseff administration, recently announced the second phase […]

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Vivienda Social en América Latina: buscando el balance entre cantidad y calidad

El tema del acceso a la vivienda digna cuenta con innovadoras estrategias en los países Latinoamericanos. Con nuevos programas y financiamiento, los gobiernos y el sector privado afinan metas para cerrar la brecha de la vivienda. Brasil, bajo la presidencia de Rousseff, recién hizo oficial la segunda […]

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Brazil: Flooded With Regret

(With thanks for research and writing assistance from Marium Gul and Jennifer Barron) Brazil’s floods in recent days, stunningly echoed in Australia, highlight the climate hazards that pose a major threat to citydwellers’ welfare, not only in Brazil, but the world over. They also point to major […]

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