Mexican Housing Prototype
New residences for Mexico’s low-income urban population are typically single family dwellings built in informal settlements on the outskirts of cities, far away from employment centers and good public services. This development pattern is obviously a hardship for low-income families; it is also a burden on society. Residential segregation and low-density development patterns reduce social mobility and require higher levels of public infrastructure investment.
An innovative housing design is needed to address these problems; one that utilizes a higher-intensity architectural type to create affordable housing opportunities well-located within the network of opportunity provided by cities.
With funding from the Mexican government and a Fulbright Grant, Jeremy designed a low-cost, expandable housing prototype with the goal of enabling Mexico’s low-income urban population to live in well-located neighborhoods. The prototype housing model provides individual dwelling units for six low-income families on a single lot at an initial cost of about $15,000 (USD). The design is adaptable to meet varying site and/or social conditions so that it can be inserted repeatedly into the urban fabric throughout cities in central and western Mexico. Although construction is currently on hold, Jeremy presented the design research to potential user groups and non-profit organizations in Mexico and academics in the United States and China in hope that it will be adapted and used in the search for solutions to the challenge of the housing the urban poor in the developing world.
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico Status: Construction on Hold