TECHO : The Neighborhood of the Future-(El Barrio del Futuro )

TECHO : The Neighborhood of the Future-(El Barrio del Futuro )

"A group of young architects were stunned by the lack of innovation in the cities of Latin America. For this reason, they designed 'The Neighbourhood of the Future', a proposal with modern infrastructure and advanced technology, such as electricity and public lighting, water installations, paved roads and access to public transportation, roofs that are able to sustain rain as well as a school and a health building."
The project may not seem so futuristic, but rights and basic services as simple as drinking water or electricity is the kind of neighbourhood that they dream about. More than 100 million people are living in informal settlements (slums) all across Latin America, the most unequal urbanized region in the world.
With "The Neighbourhood of the Future," TECHO was able to show the reality about slums, and get societies close to the data and results of the last report we released, which was built from studies made by TECHO in seven countries in Latin America: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala and Paraguay.
The results show that almost 1 of every 4 slums (24%) does not have regular access to any basic service: drinking water, electricity and connection to the sewage system. One of the most shocking findings is that more than half of the slums are not connected to the drinking water service.
Another common issue with slums is ground tenancy. TECHO found that 3 of every 4 informal settlements has not regular documentation of the lands they occupy, and this is one of the main reasons 1 of every 5 of them affirmed to have chances of suffering an eviction.
This situation is especially important considering that most of the Global Development Goals are related to informal settlements. "If we talk about sustainable, inclusive and safe cities by 2030, we cannot ignore the points of the territory where inequalities are more extreme, as well as the epicenter of a catastrophe," said María Jesús Silva, Director of Social Research.

CAMPAIGN VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJGKTM7H_4Y

 


Author: TECHO International (Idea by Y&R Argentina)
Photo credits: Camilo Sánchez, Techo International.