The Pentagon has been alienated from its identity, it’s hard to feel oneself at home in the metropolis’ beating heart.

But can an architect restore – let alone create – a home? If we look up the origins of this rather vague term, one can perceive a fundamental differ- ence between the mental and the material aspect of living man has made throughout history. The Greeks spoke about hestia, the religious midpoint of a dwelling, and oikos, the house as a structure. In German one translates the former as heimat, which doesn’t only mean home, but also the relation- ship of man towards a certain space. Henceforth an architect couldn’t be able to build a home, since it doesn’t concern something material.

Or can he? We divided the manifestation of the concept of home into three aspects: memory, that what one remembers as well as what one has been taught, identity, how one is or appears to be as an individual, and ter- ritory, the space one relates oneself to. Maybe we can’t influence home per se, but we can manipulate these manifestations.
The first brings us to the historical context of the site: rather than a revival of functions, we restored some iconic images, through the use of certain seemingly classical typologies like a courtyard, a gallery and a grand café. The second aspect concerns local (building) traditions: instead of thwarting an old habit, we reinterpreted the typical non-urban typology of housing.
For territory we formulated a solution against the privatisation and seg- regation in society.

These 3 aspects of home mainly focus on personal individual qualities but a fourth important component of being home is feeling part of a so- cial network. In our individualistic society this is a quality one has to re- establish and emphasise without losing the luxury of personal space. We introduced the concept of ‘hoodhouses’ as a communal space for a number of families to help them to create their own neighbourhood. By using this tool we give attention to a good gradual transition between public and private space.





























































































Fernanda Errazuriz y Camila Polette

Rural Net is a project that deals with the street situation in half rural context throughout Chile. The initiative comes as a response to the fact that there is no awareness of the particularities and differences of this, with respect to the urban context; therefore no specific measures have been taken to deal with it. Lack of centrality and public services are the main obstacles to deal with this situation. The project solves these problems through an interconnected system that improves the quality of life of homeless people and the entire community. The system consist of an immobile and a mobile part, acting interconnected: Headquarter associated with public institution, Mobile Operation Centers that go through the different Street Stops and provide services, Street Stops with public bathrooms that also act as bus stop and public access to water sources.

María Luisa Arze- Teresita Giensen- Trinidad Hernández

The project focuses on the Winter Plan users, who do not have access to shelters and can be applied in emergency cases.
The proposal provides, through the institution “street”, a plan to transform sporting facilities into shelters: specifying the space divisions, the corresponding area to each part of the program and the minimum enclosures that the shelter requires. From this changes we seek, both, increase the number of refugees, and improve service quality, facilitate control and increase safety.
The recent implementation of shelters in Santiago and lack of time for a modus operandi planning when they started, forced their implementers to respond immediately, discovering numerous flaws in the system. The proposed project, aims to improve the functioning of the emergency areas, solving the distribution problems and people separation, lack of sanitation, using the places capabilities to the fullest.
The proposal will be seen in the production of a guide catalog, containing among others, information on the type of enclosures that can be used as a shelter, suggestions for spacce division, techniques for promoting lighting and ventilation, entrance control (emergency exits, disability services), economic construction system, etc.









Ismael Cárdenas – Francisca Collemann – Amalia Madrid

Towards Worthy Housing Master Plan




In this video transmit initial idea of a Master Plan, which develops a type of social housing, this is aimed at people living in insecure areas and informal settlements in Guatemala City.