[Essay] The necessary redensification of social housing and its replicability (C3 no.412)

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Miquel Adrià

C3 no.412 / pp.10-13 (4 pages)

 

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The necessary redensification of social housing and its replicability _ Miquel Adrià

There is consensus that a dense and compact city is more efficient than a dispersed city. Cities increase in size mainly through two mechanisms: they densify or expand, they grow vertically or horizontally. Densifying means adding construction area within the existing city limits, while expansion means adding new areas outside these limits. If public spaces make up urban voids and singular buildings become icons, collective housing is what builds the fabric that fills the fabric of the city.

There are several social housing alternatives that can offer different solutions that meet global demand and that eventually serve as immediate responses for people who lost their home to natural catastrophes. While it is true that there are laudable isolated examples, it should not be forgotten that they are irrelevant to the massive demand for collective housing. Therefore, it is necessary to generate a stock of ideas and proposals that could be replicable on a large scale. […]