These downloadable guides provide details on two earthquake-resistant construction systems – one using cement blocks and the other using earth blocks. This information has been kindly made available by FUNDASAL who are working with local communities in El Salvador to rebuild their homes and economies after the earthquakes of 2001. Both documents are in Spanish but include photos, diagrams and plans that can be easily understood.
A Special Edition of Open House International citing eighteen housing projects which demonstrate successful approaches to some of the most prevalent housing problems in the world today. These are all winners or finalists in the World Habitat Competition over the last five years. A brief description is provided of each project, together with a summary of the key innovative approaches used.
The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of the Housing Solutions for Peace programme, developed by the Guillermo Toriello Foundation, on the lives of beneficiary families and communities in Guatemala.
A practical guide explaining clearly and simply how the houses in this low-cost typhoon resistant housing programme are built, together with background information on the financing and social preparation involved in the programme.