Mumbai / housing situation
The rich-poor divide in Mumbai is enormous. Mumbai is land of some of the world’s richest people but it is also home of the world’s poorest. Mumbai’s slums provide housing for approximately 62% of the city’s population.
Santiago de Chile / Lo Branechea
Lo Branechea housing project is located in one of the most expensive districts of Santiago. Elemental designed, with very low budget subsidies, to allow the families to keep on benefiting from the proximity to jobs, education, transportation, health facilities and even recreation and quality public space. The houses are arranged around a collective courtyard, a territorial level of association that is somewhere in between private and public space, which is crucial in fragile social environments. In addition, the houses allow incremental interior growth: with one bedroom (plus a temporary bedroom) on the first floor, they can grow into a house with a living-dining room on first floor, two bedrooms and bathroom on second floor and a master bedroom on third floor. Elemental provided half of a good house and let the family build the other half with their own timing, according to their own needs.
Bogota / Learning from Bogota / Traffic
“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.” Enrique Peñalosa, Agencia EFE
Learning from Bogota: The Buses TransMilenio in Bogota have exclusive lanes, that they do not stick in traffic. This should persuade people to take the bus instead of the own car.
“If we’re going to talk about transport, I would say that the great city is not the one that has highways but one where a child on a tricycle or bicycle can go safely everywhere.” Enrique Peñalosa
Learning from Bogota: In Bogota they built high quality bike lanes before they started to restore the streets for the cars.
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