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Óscar Rodríguez (Venezuela), MCH'17 participant, and his team, MODO Grupo Arquitectura, have won the "Second National Ideas Contest: Housing solution and intra-urban park" organized by the Municipal Housing Institute of Leon (IMUVI) and Municipal Planning Institute on Leon (IMPLAN), in Mexico.

Second National Ideas Contest

The competition was organized by the Municipality of Leon, Guanajuato, and it requested proposals "having an impact on intra-urban social housing, as well as the integration of public and green spaces, the maximum use of land through feasible proposals". The winning entry will be developed in an executive project stage, and later on, its feasibility to be built will be evaluated.


The project, called "VIVIR COLECTIVO" (COLLECTIVE LIVING) obtained the highest distinction from the jury, made up of professionals and academics from Mexico, who also awarded 3 honorable mentions to local teams. The winning project team was formed by members from three different countries: Óscar Rodríguez (MODO), Gustavo Sosa (MODO) and Jorge Díaz. The project itself has also been developed from several countries worldwide.

By the Architects::


"Vivir Colectivo" aims to solve the demand for 75 social housing units by promoting citizen relations between the inhabitants of the complex and the residents of the area. The premise is that the more positive link among citizens, the better society it wil generate. Collective Living is not a building, nor a set of buildings, but a way of living and existing. 

The proposed complex, with three buildings and a park, intends to grant the community quality spaces based on the premise that each citizen has the RIGHT to live with dignity, in a space in accordance with their physical, social, and why not, spatial needs. The proposal seeks to concentrate different neighborhood and community activities in order to promote social integration and strengthen the bond between citizens. ”

Alumni MCH'2017

Óscar Rodríguez is an Venezuelan Architect and Alumni of the MCH’2017. He is co-founder and co-director of MODO Grupo Arquitectura with offices in Venezuela and Panama since 2014.


The MCH team congratulates Óscar and his team for this fantastic and well-deserved result and we look forward to knowing the next steps of this interesting project in Mexico. Congratulations!


Click here to see the offcial announcement


Master in Collective Housing UPM/ETH

The Master of Advanced Studies in Collective Housing is a professional and international postgraduate programme that is developed on a full-time basis, dealing with advanced architectural design in the city and housing. It is designed and taught jointly by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH).


All vacancies for MCH2020 have been booked. The admission period for MCH2021 opens in February 2020, and it will remain so till 31.12.2020 or until vacancies are filled. The MCH2021 will have two groups, so first participants inscribed will have priority to choose their favourite workshop leaders.


For more information, click here!

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