Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico

Mexico is implementing far-reaching changes to its housing and urban development processes. This research project explores and documents how Mexican housing and urban policies and plans are implemented by various levels of government across Mexico. The project proposes ideas about how to improve on these changes to increase affordable housing production and the quality of urban life. The project has three components: a series of studios, research into planning and governance, and capacity building workshops in Mexico.

Studios are being offered at the GSD in from 2014 to 2016. The first compared two cities, offering a comprehensive insight into how different housing policies, strategies, and designs can affect distinct territories over time. The second studio focused in on the city of Oaxaca, which faces urban sprawl coupled with a range of social and political conflicts that have generated questions over who gains and who loses from current and future investments in the city.

The planning research is identifies potential policies, programs, planning approaches, and tools to help implement the new housing and urban development policy. These policies include densification, suburban retrofitting, and performance measurement. The governance component will explore and document implementation of housing policies by Mexican government entities at a range of scales.

Lastly, a series of capacity building workshops has helped various government agencies in Mexico understand the range of potential means and tools to achieve their goals, and to co-design effective ways to deploy them. The GSD’s Executive Education program led these workshops.

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