I built my own social housing: the rise of Chile’s ‘half-houses’ | How We Live Now


elta Ramudu a regal nuna casa negative una cosa a fortune Ament a ninguna persona y pero Mira Galan oportunidad de creer nikka’s Alejandro Aravena is one of the few architects today who’s really committed towards social housing and improving the lives of the Chilean population he’s very well known for strategy he’s used number of times which is to build half a house in the context of Chile this gives people the opportunity to become homeowners in a way that they would never have access to normally mr. Harkavy CEO Teairra Mari – era todo lo que venía de acuerdo las necesidades MOA dorando Apriori de la cosa que son Camus ma basica all of us when buying a house expected to grow its value over time so by almost by definition a house is a formal investment but that unfortunately is not the case in social housing so we identified a trial a couple of design clues that allow the social housing unit that is now the property of a family to grow its value over time and perform as an investment and not just as a social expense entonces por eso que tuve que la cocina todavia tessina sir mucho y fue mo espacio a a Greg Ando espacio para puede Rica Homolka lo demás solamente ear creando ear terminan de la casa SE supone que la mitad para construir la no certain individual action and self Pelton permit we do have a lot of that it’s called slums would we should be looking at in slums is that they’re not part of the problem but part of the solution what you can build with available money is not enough to provide the middle class standard but families will try to go to that standard on their own anyhow and this can happen thanks to the design or despite the design a esto una viviendo a social Cana viene de Mahato por que la una vivienda de cuatro sienta noventa y fa fa giga al bordello ho Cho see our table way dos a no eggs realmente una vivian ba social web plant a de otra manera dosa llamo con la casa propia algun dia yo go in the UK we tried something quite similar on the thatcher in the 1980s using the right to buy policy in which social housing was transferred to individuals at a reduced rate that became problematic because although the first generation were sold the homes at quite a significant discount when they returned to the market later it was at full market value the difficulty with that as well as at the first generation to occupy these homes had a fantastic deal but subsequent generations have in fact found not only the existing social housing stocks have been diminished and not replaced but that the market rate has gone up so significantly they’re now priced out of it completely

100 thoughts on “I built my own social housing: the rise of Chile’s ‘half-houses’ | How We Live Now

  1. Sorry can’t watch a video that spends the first time minute talking about some great urban planner when ALL THE HOUSES ARE THE SAME COLOR!

  2. This is a nice idea and implementation, however this or any construction of this type above ground is not and never can be, sustainable. If everyone were in sustainable housing, then all the money that goes towards utilities could be banked and used for something else, including housing people in need for free.

  3. That was really vague. And the shot at letting the market deciding the price at the end was telling. Seems like socialism. Really More rich people telling poor people we know better, smh. What’s half the house ? Did the government pay for these homes ? How many did they build ??

  4. I mean, but their paying for thw whole lot, no?
    Whether its built upon or no.. so you save some money but still pay a lot for the entire lot (which later the house could expand to it..) and taxes for it.. no? This is how it goes in my country. Hh

  5. This won’t work in the US. The level of micromanagement in our Democrat cities won’t allow people to expand and improve their houses. Outside those cities, those who can are able to build houses, use prebuilt houses, or mobile homes.

  6. Is this the new version of the Jim Walters homes that were built in the 60s and 70s? Nothing new here! You have to change the mindset of the tenants, especially those who get government assistance in America. When the ghetto was first built, it wasn't the ghetto, they were clean, nice affordable apartments. It just goes back to the way one is taught. You take care of what you have.

  7. Bad idea…seeds for future slums or being priced out.

    Better to help poor families plan, receive discounted loans, and move to middle class. No more stigmatized neighborhoods with lower future values or displacement of the poor.

  8. "Prefabs" were constructed in Britain in the 1950's to house people whose homes were bombed in WW2. Some of these prefabricated homes are still with us: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/481744491375438948/visual-search/?x=16&y=11&w=530&h=352

  9. I like the idea here, quickly built in a pinch to rehouse people displaced by an earthquake and with space to expand the property. Big problem with right to buy in the UK was that only 20% of revenue from house purchases went back to the local authority. The rest went to central government and they have a track record of spending unwisely.

  10. 1/2 of brain engineer.
    Should’ve come with 1/2 a car included, the other 1/2 your neighbor has , so to drive it you’ll have to agree with your neighbor to assemble his 1/2 with your 1/2 .Then ……….( that’s 1/2 an explanation for you ) hopefully this will leave you more confused then this video.

  11. I love the concept of providing the basics and allowing the owners to expand/finish as they wish! I can imagine the eclectic, the minimalist, and the traditional all living and coexisting together in an orderly yet unique neighborhood! 🙂

  12. So the home owners get a free house, build an addition, then sell it, get a profit and the tax payer gets what?

  13. Wow to many people to close together its a human chicken farm pack as many as possible into a small space. I don’t like people enough to be crowded in by humanity some folks like me you don’t want as a neighbor I have anxiety attacks in crowded spaces.
    Well that being said if i could coexist with a lot of people comfortable I would love one of these houses it’s a great concept, this community is like the Phoenix it rose from the ashes better than before.
    Bravo gentlemen 👍👍.

  14. These would be classed as low rent housing here in the UK 👍🏻 Look British government it can be done !!!!

  15. q bueno q haya un programa asi. me alegro.. hay mucha gente buena q se merecen esa gran oportunidad d tener su propio hogar.. Mil Be diciones🙏🥰🕊

  16. Only in the postmodern era has the house transmogrified into an investment. Food and shelter are necessities. Not investments. Are taxes an investment? At best a house is an expense, one which has value from the fact that it addresses mans needs for conceptual space to rest and relax and raise children, all depending. But it is a dangerous myth to consider a house an investment just because our parents and theirs were lucky enough to ride the inflation tsunami on the upside.

  17. "Social Housing"? Is that the hip Millenial name for low-cost, low-quality, multi-family attached dwellings for poor people to rot in? I hate to break it to you, but these have been around for a while, otherwise knowing as: "housing projects", "tenements", "apartment blocks", "council flats", "slums", etc.

  18. It is impossible to believe that the Thatcherite move to sell of social housing neglected to foresee the resale outcome. Likewise, building cardboard and wood frame half houses for £10,000, that have a lifespan of say, 5-7 years, or shorter, depending on weather, is anything more that a different tack on taking advantage of the poor. What is an art form here, is the narrative that that tries to explain it as a solution. Note also that the slums were built of brick. If bricks are that cheap…? ‘Architects’ (an architect to design a cardboard box when slum dwellers can construct a brick house on their own?) and politicians….just add money.

  19. humankind needs to live with respect and this is a great example to us. Just imagine if we can do these houses around the world for people who don't have enough money to build a house over a $100.000 dollars. Thanks for sharing this with us. Chile is a great example to follow in the American continent and around the world.

  20. Mexico has this type of housing since the 1970's. It's called "pie de casa." It works, because people can move to an unfinish constructed house, which is less expensive and then, finish it later.

  21. When ever you wake up, think of your legacy or your after life. Why are people Evil 😡? Why must people suffer? Love and help others in need🙏🏿

  22. Housing, real estate, gold, stocks, do not go up in value, the legally counterfeited currency, the computer credits go DOWN in value.

  23. As a practising architect I’m not sure how well this would work in areas with high land values, most notably major cities. The cost of building materials is very low compared to the price of land – it’s the land cost in areas such as London which accounts for most of a building’s value. For example I could build a basic house for as little as 20-50k, but the cost of the land would be minimum 250k for a small plot in London.

  24. This doesn't solve the issue going forward, it only solves the present idlers. Building half-houses in order to allow people to "grow" their house value over time, would leave higher house prices for later generations, which will suffer the same fate, at which point you build yet more half-houses, which will diminish the valuation of the "grown" houses, deflating their equity as more houses go on the market in general. This means you are left in a vicious cycle of continuously adding to a system that has either no return or negative return valuation. Although it does put a roof over people's heads, another earthquake and they'll be needing to find another home, losing all of their value in the process.

    edit: or a fire….which takes down the entire attached community.

  25. Standing freezer next to refrigerator: I bet that house sees somw wonderful meals. Congratulations, homeowner.

  26. Who put this film together?? It makes almost no sense. The English guy and the Architect are full of hypocrisy. Also, someone needs to tell the architect that he is no longer 20 years old. He can comb his hair now.

  27. The reason this will work…pride in home ownership. If you build something you know the work or hard earned money put in to it. People are less likely to destroy something that they had to sweat for.

  28. It seemed like they're saying what they did in the UK was a problem with social housing that couldn't happen with the Chilean half houses. But if the first owners expand and end up selling at market rate, then wouldn't the exact same thing happen there too? Am I missing something?

  29. Very smart . I currently live in the USA and I paid $12K for my house.

    I was going to buy rural to have freedom to build as I please. It will suck having to deal with city planners but the convince should be worth it. Every thing I need is less than half mile away. Walmart, gym, Dr office, movie theater, hospital , waffle House.

  30. How is it possible that one man can make this happen but an entire government can't even build roads or stop being corrupt

  31. Looks like a housing blueprint for a dystopian future of low expectations. Oh look – The Guardian. Surprise, surprise.

  32. I agree with other viewers, what are the details ❕
    How much for these row house sheds❓ And other pertinent questions.
    Hope this area so close to the shore isn't subject to Tsunami's…

  33. We as people actually live in this kind of mass produced garbage and pay dearly for it. We'd be better off as farmers building our own homes, barns, sheds and basements. These suburbs and urbs are garbage.

  34. Better then nothing. But sometimes these communities become high crime communities. Because the people are living so bunched-up — the houses usually don’t have a backyard for the children to play and are forced to play in the streets and the people can’t plant a garden or become self-sufficient if they wanted to. Instead give the poor a nice piece of land and a small house that they could slowly expand according to their needs. These communities for some reason remind me of concentration camps.

  35. Esto está muy bien deberían venir a México a enseñarles a construir aquí xq hacen ya unas casas horribles y a ayudar a todos los paisanos q perdieron sus propiedades en el temblor del 2017 q hasta la fecha no les han podido resolver la a y usa x la pérdida de sus propiedades no hay duda de q se puede

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