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.
The original vision at PREVI-Lima was only ever partially
realised: less than a third of the 1,500 planned housing units were
built and the governmental crisis of the late 1960s meant that
the occupants were left to their own devices. Fernando GarcíaHuidobro, Diego Torres Torriti and Nicolás Tugas look at how,
abandoned by the authorities, the families at PREVI turned into
incidental architects, completing the project and rendering the
neighbourhood an integrated part of the city.
The ecoMOD Project
EcoMOD is an innovative design/ build approach to commercially viable affordable houses in the United States.