HU: Common spaces in Housing Units

Common spaces in Housing Units (HU*) compiles the research in social housing done by Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura (REA). The post-its are graphic aphorisms collecting the observations and solutions reached in three of our rehabilitation projects commissioned by INFONAVIT: “Common-Unity” in Mexico City, “Court” in Veracruz, and “Fresnillo Playground” in Zacatecas. Our design work provides a non-linear reading of the three projects and records both a process and a result. The book is a guide to the texts and sub-texts of public space in social housing, where redrawing becomes an exercise of transforming space into a habitable place.

 

MANIFESTO: FREESPACE IN COMMON SPACES
1. We seek content in context
2. We change barriers into boundaries
3. We shift spatial perception
4. We approach the landscape as the program
5. We re-signify materials
6. We work with temporality
7. We hold beauty as a basic right

Author: Rozana Montiel

Edited by Arquine+INFONAVIT, thanks to the support of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Graphic Concept, Design and Post its: Louise Rouzaud

Collaborators: Hortense Blanchard

Texts: Rozana Montiel, Yaoci Pardo

Copy Editor: Verónica Martínez Lira

Translations: María Teresa Gerard, Yaoci Pardo

Project photos: Sandra Pereznieto, Jaime Navarro

Post-its photography: Erika Manning Márquez