I built my own social housing: the rise of Chile’s ‘half-houses’ | How We Live Now

  1. Only in the postmodern era has the house transmogrified into an investment. Food and shelter are necessities. Not investments. Are taxes an investment? At best a house is an expense, one which has value from the fact that it addresses mans needs for conceptual space to rest and relax and raise children, all depending. But it is a dangerous myth to consider a house an investment just because our parents and theirs were lucky enough to ride the inflation tsunami on the upside.

  2. "Social Housing"? Is that the hip Millenial name for low-cost, low-quality, multi-family attached dwellings for poor people to rot in? I hate to break it to you, but these have been around for a while, otherwise knowing as: "housing projects", "tenements", "apartment blocks", "council flats", "slums", etc.

  3. It is impossible to believe that the Thatcherite move to sell of social housing neglected to foresee the resale outcome. Likewise, building cardboard and wood frame half houses for £10,000, that have a lifespan of say, 5-7 years, or shorter, depending on weather, is anything more that a different tack on taking advantage of the poor. What is an art form here, is the narrative that that tries to explain it as a solution. Note also that the slums were built of brick. If bricks are that cheap…? ‘Architects’ (an architect to design a cardboard box when slum dwellers can construct a brick house on their own?) and politicians….just add money.

  4. humankind needs to live with respect and this is a great example to us. Just imagine if we can do these houses around the world for people who don't have enough money to build a house over a $100.000 dollars. Thanks for sharing this with us. Chile is a great example to follow in the American continent and around the world.

  5. Mexico has this type of housing since the 1970's. It's called "pie de casa." It works, because people can move to an unfinish constructed house, which is less expensive and then, finish it later.

  6. When ever you wake up, think of your legacy or your after life. Why are people Evil 😡? Why must people suffer? Love and help others in need🙏🏿

  7. Housing, real estate, gold, stocks, do not go up in value, the legally counterfeited currency, the computer credits go DOWN in value.

  8. As a practising architect I’m not sure how well this would work in areas with high land values, most notably major cities. The cost of building materials is very low compared to the price of land – it’s the land cost in areas such as London which accounts for most of a building’s value. For example I could build a basic house for as little as 20-50k, but the cost of the land would be minimum 250k for a small plot in London.

  9. This doesn't solve the issue going forward, it only solves the present idlers. Building half-houses in order to allow people to "grow" their house value over time, would leave higher house prices for later generations, which will suffer the same fate, at which point you build yet more half-houses, which will diminish the valuation of the "grown" houses, deflating their equity as more houses go on the market in general. This means you are left in a vicious cycle of continuously adding to a system that has either no return or negative return valuation. Although it does put a roof over people's heads, another earthquake and they'll be needing to find another home, losing all of their value in the process.

    edit: or a fire….which takes down the entire attached community.

  10. Standing freezer next to refrigerator: I bet that house sees somw wonderful meals. Congratulations, homeowner.

  11. Who put this film together?? It makes almost no sense. The English guy and the Architect are full of hypocrisy. Also, someone needs to tell the architect that he is no longer 20 years old. He can comb his hair now.

  12. It seemed like they're saying what they did in the UK was a problem with social housing that couldn't happen with the Chilean half houses. But if the first owners expand and end up selling at market rate, then wouldn't the exact same thing happen there too? Am I missing something?

  13. Very smart . I currently live in the USA and I paid $12K for my house.

    I was going to buy rural to have freedom to build as I please. It will suck having to deal with city planners but the convince should be worth it. Every thing I need is less than half mile away. Walmart, gym, Dr office, movie theater, hospital , waffle House.

  14. How is it possible that one man can make this happen but an entire government can't even build roads or stop being corrupt

  15. Looks like a housing blueprint for a dystopian future of low expectations. Oh look – The Guardian. Surprise, surprise.

  16. I agree with other viewers, what are the details ❕
    How much for these row house sheds❓ And other pertinent questions.
    Hope this area so close to the shore isn't subject to Tsunami's…

  17. We as people actually live in this kind of mass produced garbage and pay dearly for it. We'd be better off as farmers building our own homes, barns, sheds and basements. These suburbs and urbs are garbage.

  18. Better then nothing. But sometimes these communities become high crime communities. Because the people are living so bunched-up — the houses usually don’t have a backyard for the children to play and are forced to play in the streets and the people can’t plant a garden or become self-sufficient if they wanted to. Instead give the poor a nice piece of land and a small house that they could slowly expand according to their needs. These communities for some reason remind me of concentration camps.

  19. Esto está muy bien deberían venir a México a enseñarles a construir aquí xq hacen ya unas casas horribles y a ayudar a todos los paisanos q perdieron sus propiedades en el temblor del 2017 q hasta la fecha no les han podido resolver la a y usa x la pérdida de sus propiedades no hay duda de q se puede

  20. so no solution to being priced out of range? kind of left things up in the air. the hoses are beautiful tho. least I think so.

  21. OK…but…the very last comment about what happened in the UK with the homes returning to market at full market value will happen with the Chilean housing, no? In fact, the house will be more since the owners have now likely added on to it.

  22. Sprawl. adding to the land being eaten up by human housing, instead of using land already being used or reuse derelict areas.

  23. I like the idea that people can customise their home but I'm a bit confused on how the financials work. Is this the same model as he spoke of in the UK that left those big problems after the first generation. Maybe this is only really meant for one generation as it was in response to a natural disaster not general ongoing needs for subsidised housing.

  24. i always said selling off the social hosing was the wrong way to go. after all the next generation will now have no where to live. the overnment wouldnt allow the councils getting the money from the sale to reinvest in new houses. that was always going to be the problem. now my 4 grown up kids have no where to live

  25. I am all for eradicating the homeless crisis in my country…even those from other countries have somewhere to go here . But, I don't have ANY desire to live in a 300 sq. foot home…thanx anyway.

  26. This man is a National hero, to bad we couldn’t clone him and put him in positions of power across the globe the World would truly be a better place……❤️🇺🇸

  27. I don’t think it looks bad, plus it provides the family a finished habitable space they can use while they gather more money to build the other half of the house. Smart.

  28. I love this as an example of a market solution for housing. And to think that Chili was the 2nd poorest country in the western hemisphere in the 70's. Whatever it did to improve should be emulated.

  29. What a great idea! This is great, until we destroy capitalism, wage slavery, which is causing world poverty! Someday all nations will be able to build Tower cities connected to maglev Trains worldwide! Because only that will save the Earth.

  30. Governments have murdered million upon countless millions over the past 4000 years. What makes us think it will stop now cause it won’t.

  31. I saw a lot of this in Asia where the comleted part of the house was the 2nd story and the ground floor was just the posts

  32. I don't really like this. Maybe because I'm just not used to homes like this, not sure. But if builders can build planned communities with communal green space and some amount of customization (paint, fixtures etc), then why can't we have subsidized housing like that? It might be slightly more expensive than normal socialize housing, but it would go a long way to creating houses that are valuable. This should be a priority to every country, instead real estate is all about making money, while poor people have low income housing that doesn't appreciate like a normal house or else a trailer which decreases in value, and that's if they can actually afford to buy.

  33. Boston has buildings connected to one another they are brick buildings very very unique more of a different time of the early nineteen hundreds

  34. These houses are better and bigger than mine here in the UK. Thatcher’s right to buy allowed tenants that had the money ( so no longer needed social housing ) bought the property at up to 80% discount and then sold the property into private hands.

  35. This is a remarkable economic concept, The pure understanding that as we accumulate wealth so we renovate and improve our houses. Why on earth aren't more low income houses built to cater for this concept?

  36. Part of what makes people in social housing maintain their environments better is also making sure they feel a sense of self-ownership over the experience of living there. If I don't feel like a space is mine, built with my freedom and individuality in mind, why would I feel at home there? What obligation would I have to hold my neighbours accountable to caring about it as I do? Building communities and social environments are just as much a part of this as the architectural end of things.

  37. If there is a need but no money in it, problem goes unsorted. Much like deforestation, no money leaving the trees stand, they get cut for money regardless if its right or wrong

  38. This is absolutely incredible. I wish others could take after his plan.. this could significantly ease the homeless crisis in the US

  39. What a brilliant idea! I think of it as not as a hand out but as a hand – out of poverty! the USA should care as much for its people!

  40. Communal living only works with like minded people who share similar beliefs and morals…. I hope this project is successful otherwise it will eventually become a crime infested slum…. sad but true.😕

  41. Half a house is a half baked idea. It would be a very minimal cost to enclose it, better yet just build semi detached houses.

  42. In Indonesia they started 21s. A 21 is 21 sq meters. Basically an efficiency 1 room home. Then a family of 4 live there. A 21 cost around 10,000 us dollars and there isn't a property tax there. We need to do that everywhere

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