Villa Miseria, Buenos Aires
A villa miseria, or just villa, is a type of shanty town or slum found in Argentina. They are mostly around the largest urban settlements. The term is a noun phrase made up of the Spanish words villa (village, small town) and miseria (misery, dejection), and was adopted from Bernardo Verbitsky’s 1957 novel Villa Miseria también es América (“Villa Miseria is also [a part of] the Americas”).
These settlements consist of small houses or shacks made of tin, wood and other scrap material. Generally, the streets are not paved, and narrow internal passages connect the different parts. The Villa Miserias have generally no sanitation system, though there may be water pipes passing through the settlement.
Electric power is sometimes taken directly from the grid using illegal connections, which are perforce accepted by suppliers.
The villas range from small groups of precarious houses to larger, more organized communities with thousands of residents. Certainly, in rural areas, the houses in the villa miserias might be made of mud and wood. The villas draw people from several backgrounds.
Some are local citizens who have fallen from an already precarious economic position.
In most cases, a Villa Miseria is populated by the children and grandchildren of the original settlers, who have been unable to improve their economic status.
How does the EPS Panels help in building effective Villa Miseria?
The project comes under the ambit of Social Housing in Buenos Aires. Because the area is prone to constant cyclones, the houses have a need to be rebuilt constantly, to be more secure because of the Miseria being built from the above mentioned materials. The project on the whole comes under the umbrella project named, “A roof for every Family” in Buenos Aires.
Since the construction was under the Government Scheme with strict timelines and budgets, to construct the project using traditional system would have been a real challenge and hence the authorities selected Emmedue for completing the project for them in time while also maintaining the quality.
The Emmedue Construction System was selected because it being one of the most cost-effective ways of constructing such Social Cause Buildings. The second advantage that Emmedue had over the traditional system is that of being able to quickly assemble the panels and build the structure in shortest possible time.
In addition to all these, the following few characteristics of the EPS Panel Based System, helped the technology makers bag the project and contribute to the good of the society:
1) Earthquake Resistance
3) Wide Range of finishes
4) Energy Efficient and Sustainable in the long run.
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