Resource Revolution
Creating a social housing eco-system in Chile that empowers communities to become self-sustaining
Informality within cities needs to be urgently addressed for the creation of safe, sustainable and prosperous communities. ‘Resource Revolution’ is a thesis project based in Antofagasta, Chile. The proposal explores how to create a social housing eco-system that empowers communities to become self-sustaining through natural resource production. This proposal is a discovery of resource autonomy, provoking thought of alternative ways of being. It investigates how architecture can play an active role in merging resource production with living. A holistic approach to providing Chile’s coastal informal settlements with water, light and energy. The prototype utilises Chile’s abundance of solar energy and seawater to create a solar desalination skylight, which emits natural diffused light, produces drinking water, and utilises leftover salt brine for energy creation