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Half a house is a 99% Invisible (a podcast about anything design and architecture – highly recommended if you haven’t subscribed yet) episode about a housing project in the Chilean town of Constitución.

After an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in 2010 the people of Constitución were in dire need of affordable housing.

The solution the Chilean architecture firm Elemental, who were tasked with the project, came up with is equally radical and beautiful. It epitomises the spirit of co-creation and design principles like Wabi-sabi. The houses they created not only are a prime example of “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”, they actively encourage their inhabitants to create and produce more value.

Not wanting to anticipate any more I highly recommend listening to this episode.

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