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International Congress: Sustainability and Social Housing

Monday 28.04.2014 to Wednesday 30.04.2014
Porto Alegre: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul - PUCRS

The Continuous Challenge of Social Housing in Latin America.

About the Congress

The Sustainable and Social Housing Congress, organised by the Faculty of Architecture of the PUCRS University, takes place every two years. In April 2014, its third edition will again provide a platform for the exchange of information, ideas and innovations in the area of social housing.


Affordable housing in Latin America
Affordable housing for lower income classes is a worldwide problem, which manifests itself highly in Latin America. The immense metropolitan cities, sometimes megacities, lack capacity to house their ever-growing populations.
This context makes evident the importance of the 3rd International Congress: Sustainability and Social Housing – 3rd CHIS 2014.


Picture: Slum housing, Porto Alegre


Housing Policies
In Brazil, the large-scaled national social housing programme Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life) is the principal programme for constructions of new social dwellings. The programme is new and an improvement for the social housing sector. However, mainly due to a lack of financial means, it hardly provides possibility to create any basic quality, bot in terms of architecture as urban design. The spatial and socio-economic consequences are sometimes sad. What exactly are the strong points of the programme, which are the critical ones and how can they be improved?


Picture: Social housing, Santarém, Brazil



The three-day congress will treat different themes: Social Housing Policies and Land Regularisation, The Informal City and Architectonic and Urban Projects and Innovations.
The speakers will come from different Latin-American countries and from Europe.

Examples of urban and architectonic projects, such as regularization projects, new housing projects, slum upgrading in Africa and Brazil, emergency housing and do-it-yourself renovation will inspire the public and hopefully contribute to new practices in Brazil, Latin America and the entire world.

CHIS 2014 invites all students of (landscape) architecture, urban design, urban planning and other related areas to participate to the CHIS 2014 International Student Competition.



The objective of the third edition of the International Congress: Sustainability and Social Housing – 3rd CHIS 2014 is to deepen the discussions on sustainable social housing and to contribute to new actions for its provision.


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Registration Information

IFHP members can participate at the congress at a reduced price. Residents in South America attending the Congress can get a discount on the membership fee for 2014. If interested in signing up for a membership and to register for the Congress both with a discount; Please contact Renee Nycolaas for further information.



Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul - PUCRS
Avenida Ipiranga, 6681 CEP. 90619-900
Porto Alegre-RS
Teatro do Prédio 40 (Theater at Building 40)


Contact Information

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More Information

Congress website in English

Congress website in Portuguese