As we researched informal settlements in India, we found that improvisation is a way of culture. The main goal of the design concept was to find an urban housing solution that integrates traditions while improving living conditions. The key principles of the proposal were to respect laws and traditions of the informal indian settlements while assuring that their habits were not being dramatically changed.
By definition the world slum means room. Making this the design concept, the housing model was derived from a square unit; which was conceived as a means to address the needs of a house. The concept also intended to enable a sense of neighborhood through the use of mini-blocks which was reinforced by the introduction of community gardens.
Instead of ready-made solutions, HoF offers a basic urban housing structure for informal settlements in India, consisting of modular units which are complemented by guidelines of design.
Using architecture and urban design to generate an urban housing model that provides the community an opportunity to grow and evolve based on their cultural patterns and needs.
Role: Architect and Urban Designer
Collaborators: Diego Sáenz, Carolina Ortíz and Devalji Odedra
Project of Karan Grover and Associates