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BARROS, Raquel Regina Martini Paula  and  PINA, Sílvia Aparecida Mikami Gonçalves. The unfinished symphony of collective housing: lessons from PREVI towards an architecture of possibilities. Ambient. constr. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.3, pp.7-26. ISSN 1678-8621.

Efforts towards more sustainable cities inspire collective housing design as an important perspective for the recovery of a humanizing characteristic of city living. This paper discusses a specific approach for the intermediation and support of architectural and urban design decisions, involving the possibility of change as part of the design process and housing program. This study aims to obtain conceptual derivations for design analysis, reflection and practice related to the adaptive and flexible capacity of collective housing with a view to aggregating multidimensional value to its users. Founded on a knowledge base with humanizing potential, a search was conducted to find exemplary collective housing design projects. The Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda-PREVI in Lima, Peru was selected for analysis due to its impact and representativeness. The study highlights, as well as inspires relevant design concepts for the improvement of the design process. This paper presents the case study and the matching of approaches of humanizing and socio-environmental sustainability potential. This study allows a conceptual improvement regarding collective housing design aimed at generating multidimensional value for more humanizing and sustainable housing.

Keywords : Collective housing; PREVI; Diversity; Flexibility; Participation processes.

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