The Right to (Quality) Shelter

The Right to (Quality) Shelter: sustaining human development and building resilience

4+4 months, full time in teams


The objective is to prepare designers who are able to analyze the site of intervention, identify the territory’s potentials and thus determine the strategies that will increase the resilience of local communities, helping to reduce their vulnerability to future environmental, economic and social change.


Now is an important time for the international community, with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals, which have allowed us to significantly improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable segments of the populations on the planet according to principles of, dignity, equality and fairness. Despite great efforts to reduce extreme poverty and promote education and health, some of the main objectives were not achieved, such as the conservation of natural resources, the control of CO2 emissions and access to essential services.

At present, about one third of the urban population lives in slums without basic services (water, sanitation and energy), 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and the number of new refugees has tripled in the last three years. With growth forecasts for the world population estimated at 3 billion more people by 2050, it is clear that in the absence of concrete actions, these statistics will only worsen in the coming decades, underscoring the urgent need to rethink development strategies.


To restore dignity to the people and at the same time provide sustainable economic and social development and to ensure adequate emergency resilience, it is necessary to adopt long-term development programs that leverage the knowledge and resources in the region.

Optimization of energy and natural resources present on site, reuse of materials, and design according to climatic requirements are transformed into the need to improve living conditions and access to resources in any location but especially developing countries.

SlideHealthy Materials and Sustainable Products LEADING PRACTICES Design of Products and System for the Circular Economy Project Track ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN