Informally Sustained
Informal homes, when regularly maintained, can withstand time and disaster extraordinarily well. With minor alterations to locally adopted construction methods, I approach the urban scale that rethinks the larger role and function of the squatment.


Illustrated is a collective housing typology wherein each additional house physically strengthens the ever-expanding structure as well as the communal spirit; its growth is akin to the redundancy exhibited in the fabric of grass roots. The study focuses more on the strategic concepts that guide and order the otherwise ad hoc tactics that the builder-resident community sees fit to satisfy their unique environmental, social, and economic demands.

Unlike apartments, which only enjoy the structural integrity between residents, there is a spatial autonomy that retains a sense of private ownership and pride, qualitatively raising the worth and thus the level of care attributed to the structures, without compromising density and variety of public spaces and uses.

The raising of the buildings allow a visually open space in pedestrian-oriented regions. In addition, the raise provides an alternative use below for setting up shop; self-employment proactively leads to stronger viability for better microeconomics.

Presented here is a compact series of studies for an example of such an approach in a disaster-prone, hot-humid climate: Navotas City, Philippines.