Adaptable, Expandible, Assisted Self-Build

Imagining futures with people

Imagining futures with people

The rendered presentation of the SUYA typology implemented along an existing street in the Los Mormones sector, Monte Sinaí.

Autonomy and Centrality

Autonomy and Centrality

A brief overview of the macro history of participation and co-production

Habitation as Infrastructure

Habitation as Infrastructure

Monte Sinaí

Monte Sinaí

A map of the territory, with the red circles marking interviews and conversations with neighbours

Summary of conversation

Summary of conversation

Understanding the needs, knowledges and reality of Paula

Summary of conversation

Summary of conversation

Understanding the needs, knowledges and reality of Juana and Lorenzo

Summary of conversation

Summary of conversation

Understanding the needs, knowledges and reality of Luz

People adapt

People adapt

It became crucial to understand and collect examples of how neighbours of Monte Sinaí construct and adapt space: what program was needed, how was it implemented and how could these practices be assimilated into our typological exercise?

Adaptations

Adaptations

Showing local constructive practices for security and business

Adaptations

Adaptations

Showing local constructive practices for production and visibility

Materials

Materials

The most common construction materials found in Monte Sinaí

Dismantling the existing house

Dismantling the existing house

Examining the potential of reclaiming materials from existing and/or decaying houses

Precedents

Precedents

of concrete-bamboo hybrids

Fire-proofing bamboo

Fire-proofing bamboo

By means of a contained concrete tower housing the kitchen, main electrical lines and water pipes, the risk of fire and damp in the remaining bamboo structure is considerably lessened. But will it be enough to combat the social stigma that bamboo has come to be identifies with...?

A SUYA unit

A SUYA unit

... and how it sits within the legislated plots assigned by the masterplan to the neighbours

a street of SUYAS

a street of SUYAS

... and their adaptability on site

Flexible house fronts

Flexible house fronts

An examination of different variations of program that can be plugged into the SUYA typology

Panel add-ons

Panel add-ons

An exemplification of a series of add-ons which can facilitate cheap and flexible programmatic adaptation

Identity

Identity

The SUYA has the potential of acquiring its on identity, through modular variation of open/closed spaces, size and composition of the house and/or simple matters personal taste, such as the colour chosen for the tower. "I live in the green house with a shop front on the corner."

Site

Monte Sinaí, Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

Main Materials 

Bamboo, Cement blocks 

 

Project Leader 

Dr. Leandro Minuchin

 

 

Designers 

Patrik Cronin

Aida Rodriguez-Vega

Tamara Yazigi

Ellie Shouer

Eira Capelán

 

 

 

Collaborators

Neighbours of Monte Sinaí

MIDUVI - Ministry of Housing

Hogar de Cristo - NGO

 

 

 

PROJECT SUMMARY

Sinaí Urbanizado y Adaptable [SUYA] is a joint project between Material Politics, the NGO Hogar de Cristo and the Ecuadorean Ministry of Housing. The project aims to develop typological and material solutions for the crafting and production of affordable, adaptable and expandable social housing units in the settlement of Monte Sinaí, on the North-Western peripheries of Guayaquil, Ecuador.

 

The objective was to develop a constructive system, assembled through revalued materials, with the aim to assist and empower the process of self-build in the settlement.

With the view of providing rapid and improved material and infrastructural solutions, the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, has sought to empower self-build initiatives. The aim is not only to use a standardized constructive system, but to include local organizations and cooperatives in the production process. Moving away from models which structure the urbanizing process around housing solutions, this project moves the focus to the socio-political dimensions embedded in the construction process. In an area where locals have extended constructive knowledges, the aim of the project is to present the expansion of productive units linked to material and component production as nodes of sociability and to reposition local groups as key actors in the spatial production of their surroundings.

Follow the construction process of the prototype below

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