Ad Hoc Urbanism: 7 Social Housing Projects Inspired by Informal Settlements continued from prevoius post (Source: https://architizer.com/blog/informal-social-housing/): Social Housing by Aravena / Elemental S.A., Monterrey, Mexico This Mexican social housing project by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena continues the firm’s commitment to experimental yet sensitive approaches to housing solutions. The project is a single continuous building with a single-family home on the ground floor and apartments on the second and third floors. There are a number of porous openings occurring along the units, which allow the residents and owners to expand upon the home as their needs change. This approach has been successful in the past, with the additions increasing the value and desirability of the homes. Acoiris Sur by Robert Rijo + arquitectos asociados, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Set in an area of significant industrial development where informal settlements have popped up to accommodate the growing number of workers, this housing plot seeks to ease the burden of housing for local workers. There are three types of units in the complex contributing to the site’s volumetric diversity of fragmented spaces along the main artery. Figueras Social Housing by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Figueras, Spain This urban housing intervention features a notched façade of chain link enclosures surrounding a series of differently sized apartments. The uneven topography of the roofline and public spaces introduce informal spatial properties to the site. Centre Village by 5468796 Architects, Winnipeg, Canada Though this award-winning project in Canada was meant to improve social life for an economically depressed neighborhood, the area has been plagued by issues since opening (though the architects have launched a fierce defense in response to recent criticisms). The through-street and courtyards, intended to engender community and safety have in fact been a magnet for alcohol and drug use. This project, admirable in its aims, is a cautionary tale of informal-inspired housing projects.