Elizabeth Wageman's research addresses the problems that arise when the home space is also the workplace

The analysis was applied to temporary emergency neighborhoods built after the 2015 floods in Atacama (Chile), where, for many families, their home is also a source of income.

Chile is constantly exposed to various threats of natural origin (earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, etc.), some of which have caused the destruction of urban areas and numerous houses. When such an event occurs, many affected people can only find shelter through emergency housing provided by NGOs or the government in power. Against this backdrop, Elizabeth Wakeman, director of the UDP City and Territory Lab, developed a study analyzing the problems that arise when destroyed homes are also workplaces.

Research is based on the premise that although transitional housing has improved in terms of quality – through new standards – efforts have focused on techno-constructive aspects, and other dimensions such as the role of income-generating activities have been sidelined. Gaps, their impact on recovery and what housing means to families.

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