Progressive Housing

Progressive houses are a standard in urban and rural developments throughout Latin America. This study explores the potential of the progressive logic; it results in an architecture that is able to negotiate between the technical and the different social parameters in housing design and construction. It proposes single or multi-family homes in the tropics that can be adapted over time in order to adjust to changing family patterns.

A low cost prototype was developed and implemented 60 times for the individual families of the Sintiopia project in Nicaragua where the original configurations have been adapted since the beginning of the inhabitation process. The topic of Progressive Housing was further developed in urban projects such as El Bosque in El Salvador, as well as in El Pochote and V.I.S.C.R. in Costa Rica. In 2004 and 2005, parts of this work have been presented in the exhibition series EW/NS at the Center for Architecture Arc en Reve in Bordeaux, France.


A Foundation (Oliver Schütte, Marije van Lidth de Jeude, Jean Paul Garnier) with project specific support

Location: Various

Status: Ongoing

Year: 2002-present