chapter describes the proposed a reference low-cost housing design which
accommodates three possible building technologies. Drawings vary, illustration
all three applications.
The proposal is a variation on an original design used by the
author for the construction of 250 dwellings, a project carried out by
"Centro de Investigaciones CIUDAD" in the coastal region of Ecuador,
The following selection criteria have been taken into account
in designing this prototype:
The proposed design responds to a temperature range of 10°
to 32° C. and humidity from 50% to 90%
The proposed design has a floor area of 71 m2 (including
three or four bedrooms), appropriate for a high density urban sector.
Being based on prefabricated components, the prototype can
easily be added to for both horizontal and vertical modular expansion.
Local traditional vernacular architecture is used as an
essential parameter for designing low-cost housing.
The connotations of poverty, associated with traditional earth, timber and
bamboo houses, have been addressed by giving the façade a very modern aspect,
in keeping with urban trends.