Introduction

  • Luz María Vergara TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Cristián Robertson Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • Darinka Czischke TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Elke Schlack Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • Rodrigo Tapia Catholic University of Chile

Abstract

This publication is part of an academic collaboration initiative between the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Delft University of Technology. It seeks to reflect on the development of alternative housing production models that have arisen in response to social, economic and political changes in both contexts. Although these experiences have followed different paths and have had different results, they share a common denominator: the search for alternative housing models that are collaborative, affordable and have the potential for regenerating urban neighbourhoods. We argue that housing that is produced in a collaborative way satisfies specific demands of the community, which have not been fittingly addressed by the dominant housing production models, both in the Chilean and European contexts. The answer to these needs has not been found in the institutions, but in the capacities of the residents who have self-organized and deliberately decided to develop models of collective living.

Author Biographies

Luz María Vergara, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Architect and MSc en Architecture from the Catholic University of Chile, and Doctor from the Delft University of Technology with specialization in housing management in vulnerable contexts. She is currently postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Management in the Built Environment and part of the Co-Lab Research team at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. 

Cristián Robertson, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Architect from the Catholic University of Chile, MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College of London. He is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at Catholic University of Chile, Advisor at the Housing and Urban Development Division  of BID, and part of the team of the 9x18 Laboratory.

Darinka Czischke, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Sociologist from the Catholic University of Chile, MSc in Urban and Regional Planning Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science, and PhD in Architecture from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, with specialization on housing management, social enterprises and innovation. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Management in the Built Environment and head of the knowledge hub on collaborative housing Co-Lab Research, at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft University of Technology. 

Elke Schlack, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Architect from the Catholic University of Chile, and Doctor from the Technological University of Berlin, Germany with specialization in urban development and urban law. She is currently academic and researcher at the School of Architecture of the Catholic University of Chile and academic at the Andres Bello University, Chile. She is also member of the 9x18 Laboratory and CMLab of the UC.

Rodrigo Tapia, Catholic University of Chile

Architect and MSc in Urban Development from Catholic University of Chile. He is currently Consultant of the FOSIS Social Investment Solidarity Fund for the Habitability Program since 2004, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of Catholic University of Chile, and coordinator of the 9x18 Laboratory of Neighbourhood Regeneration.

How to Cite
VERGARA, Luz María et al. Introduction. Research in Urbanism Series, [S.l.], v. 5, p. 8-14, oct. 2019. ISSN 1879-8217. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/rius/article/view/3983>. Date accessed: 05 dec. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/rius.5.3983.
Published
2019-10-07