Casa Familiar

Project – San Diego, United States

The project Casa Familiar: Living Rooms at the Border includes 'open-air rooms' with electricity that can be inhabited as desired; they can be used for small businesses or street-level neighbourhood activity, emulating the form of housing across the border in Tijuana. The family units contain connected but separate spaces for the grandparents who usually help-out with childcare in migrant Latino families whilst parents are at work. Thus the particular living situations and the community's patterns of use inform the design, and its incremental implementation allows for the development of a prototypical architecture that can become the model for developing low-income housing in the US.

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