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Affordable Housing

Resources for AR401 Design Studio, Fall 2022

Casa Familiar, Teddy Cruz

Living Rooms at the U.S. Mexico Border and Senior Housing with Childcare in San Ysidro, California. 

Affordable Housing Projects by ELEMENTAL Architecture Office

ELEMENTAL specializes in designs featuring basic house elements at super low budgets that encourage residents to expand into adjacent space as they find the money to do so.


In 1965, the Peruvian Government and the United Nations invited British architect Peter Land to design a strategy for mass housing as an alternative to the massive informal settlements that were dramatically taking place in Lima during that period. Discussions began about the PREVI (Proyecto experimental de vivienda, Experimental Housing Project), and Land proposed the organization of an international competition to design 1,500 housing units (2) on a deserted 40-hectare site north of Lima’s downtown. The self-constructed city, comprising houses built by occupants, played a major role at the time and is still a relevant response to the unhoused of today.

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The ecoMOD Project

EcoMOD is an innovative design/ build approach to commercially viable affordable houses in the United States. 

The Housing Generator Competition for South African Cities

A competition calling for innovative and affordable housing schemes in South Africa. 

RICHARD WELSH LIBRARY at NewSchool of Architecture + Design

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