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Habitat Container propose a proyectual experiment with discarded 40’ ISO shipping containers as a spacial-technological-expresive resource applied to generate a Strip of 4 story buildings.
In this way the proposition consist in developing a prototype block of 330x330 ft linked to a central vehicular circulation artery.
This Block is organized in 3 modules of perimetral buildings enclosing a Community green space. Said space becomes the green social/activity area, a center with commercial, recreational and sports equipment. The strips are generated from juxtaposition of shipping containers and the addition in one or both sides of exterior circulation footbridges.
According to the position of said footbridges, the building is then halved with units facing both side and one only unit using the whole dimension of the shipping container in both corners the building.
The total development is done using 336 recycled ISO shipping containers, composing 184 households distributed in three buildings with different typologies that goes from studios (301.39 ft2 and 452.08 ft2) one dorm unit (452.08 ft2), two dorm unit (602.78 ft2 and 753.47ft2), and tree dorm unit (990.28 ft2).
This constructive proposal contributes to reduce CO2 emissions incorporating different sustainable criteria. Recycling: generating habitats reusing shipping containers, as floors, insulation and coating. Energy saving: isolating the shell with low thermal transmittance coefficients materials, like projected cellulose, PVC carpentry Insulating glass (IG), led lighting with high CRI values that guarantee a high energy use reduction.
Renewable energy: Use of solar flat panels for hot water and solar photovoltaic panels for energy to illuminate common areas.
Efficient water management: using differentiated circuits, the traditional drinking water for situations that really require such quality, one for gray water that is used previous filtered for the circuit of toilet flushes and floor cleaning, and one for wastewater that is treated and reused for irrigation.
Ecological material: incorporation of wood from responsible sources, non contaminating materials and green roofs as a characteristic of the development.

Affordable Housing in the XXI Century

Who Needs Affordable Housing?

We will soon arrive to a global population of 9 billion people, the housing crisis is a worldwide problem that needs to be addressed immediately, the challenges are already of immense proportions, and cannot be addressed by the government only. It need to be addressed by all parties involved, that combines all aspects off the problem and solutions, public and private sectors, the users and the neighbors, land owners (government or private), service companies ( water/sewer, electric), banks, financiers, architects, engineers, developers, etc…
People is displaced every day due to very different reasons:

  • Wars
  • Political persecutions
  • Extreme weather catastrophes
  • Sanitary problems
  • Lack of water/food

Some Cities are growing so fast that the authorities are not able to keep pace constructing the housing and correspondent services required, that means more people living in even poorer conditions, less equal, less safer and un-healthier places.

What is Affordable Housing?

Families who pay more than 30% of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.
An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50% of their annual incomes for housing. A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.
There is not enough affordable housing in the United States.
For every 100 extremely low income households, there are only 29 adequate, affordable, and available rental units.
That means two parents who both work minimum-wage jobs might wait years to find a safe, affordable place to live with their two kids.

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