Docomomo Chile

Chilean chapter of Docomomo International

Pre Event: Transformation: the future of Housing / 07/11/2023 11:00 am

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Type of event: Online


Giulia Marino (Docomomo Switzerland)

Richard Klein/Caroline Bauer (Docomomo France)

Zara Ferreira (Docomomo ISC/UL/ID)

Ana Tostoes (Docomomo ISC/P/ID/R)

Date: 07/11/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC – 3)

Olivais Manuel Costa Martins



The debate focuses on the challenges and strategies that have been encountered in efforts to preserve collective housing, seen as a major issue in the contemporary sustainable agenda.Symbols of architectural, technological, and social aspirations, neighbourhoods and ensembles of Social Housing have nowadays begun to be appreciated by users and authorities, as a value being part of the current city. The obsolescence of these big complexes is determined on two different levels: the technical one (regarding comfort, such as thermal or acoustic, and the need for mechanical and safety improvements, as infrastructures, systems, elevators), and the functional one (involving space dimensions, organisation, orientation, and the introduction of new uses); all while complying with environmental demands following climate changes and current regulatory standards. 

Today the main topics become centred on the question of how to keep these large structures alive, while meeting contemporary indoor and outdoor standards of comfort? Characterized by adventurous experiments in the use of new materials and techniques, green space creation and gender changes, the aim is to envisage the transformation necessary to assure the future of these complexes.

Written by Claudio Galeno

November 7th, 2023 at 9:48 am