From MCH we want to collaborate in the dissemination and promotion of the open call for papers, launched by the architecture magazine of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Dearq, under the heading "Housing 2.0 Metropolitics for a unique planet".
Ignacio Borrego, MCH professor in charge of the next edition of the publication, has shared with us the article that includes the theme of this interesting call:
"Housing, as an architectural debate, unfolds at the same speed as our era. Housing, which is the cell that shapes the city, allows our discipline to participate in the politics and development of our surroundings.
The urgency of post-war Europe in the 20th century led to the ﬁrst waves of modern social housing and the birth of regulation as well as some incipient technical advances that functioned as a prescriptive method to design housing. To this day, urban regulations and construction techniques have conditioned its design guidelines, but the awareness of the ﬁnite nature of the natural resources that support our housing forces us to urgently address environmental and social needs: the ecological footprint and habitability.
Is today's social housing the answer to a world in environmental crisis?
Is this housing being planned for the people who live in it?
The vision of housing in this issue of Dearq focuses on pronounced latent social inequalities. It has to do with an alternative, with an understanding of this fact that starts with the need to go back to the root of the problem and to housings’ most profound raison d'être: the person as the trigger, participatory intervention as a design method, high density to guarantee eﬃcient public infrastructures, the ﬂexibility and progressivity of adaptation to future changes, productivity through compatibility of uses within housing to reduce pendular displacements, aﬀordability to regenerate the social fabric, and, ultimately, social and environmental sustainability as the principal axes of mitigating the consequences of building.
Looking at housing with new eyes is necessary to bring us closer to a desirable life in an uncertain future. The impact of architecture forces us to focus innovation on the planet and its inhabitants."
From MCH we strongly encourage all our MCH Alumni to participate in this attractive opportunity.
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