CHL Peru has completed its first design consultancy project with the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID),Â the South American branch of the World Bank.
As part of the project, CHL Peru delivered a variety of housing design prototypes for 600 families in a rural central Peruvian community. Due to a new highway build, these families will soon lose their current homes and need to be relocated. The consultancy included numerous field trips to analyse existing buildings and to conduct workshops with affected residents so that guidelines for suitable designs could be established. Most of the designs feature rammed earth, the only building material that local people are experienced to work with.
CHL Peru proposes that the houses are to be built by their future owners, with the assistance of engineers, architects and social workers. It is important in such a remote area to keep the number of external workers at a minimum, to avoid potential conflict amongst a traditional society in which outsiders may not be aware of local customs.