Urban Social Housing In Chile
Development of a Low Cost Sustainable Housing Prototype
(Supervisors: Simos Yannas, Paula Cadima)
The central problem this research project aims to address is the lack of knowledge about the potential contributions and building costs resulting from the production of sustainable social housing in Chile compared with the existing conditions and budget allocated by the government´s housing programs. Therefore, with the aim to improve the poor environmental conditions provided to the most deprived income groups, fight fuel poverty and reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuels, the research will attempts to demonstrate through the development of a housing prototype that making use of low energy design strategies is possible nowadays without significantly increasing building costs.
Gabriel Felmer obtained his degree as architect at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning of the University of Chile, where he carried out a Research Seminar on “Urban Eco-morphology” and participated in an international internship at L’ecole National Superieure d’Architecture in Belleville, Paris. In February 2010 he obtained a scholarship from the Chilean government for his project “Sustainable Social Housing in Chile” and joined the PhD Programme in Sustainable Environmental Design.