Teams from 13 countries compete to build sustainable homes

Beckmann Foundation and the Jesuit University of Guadalajara announced the winners of the 1st International Sustainable Social Housing Competition, in which 295 registered teams, 698 participants, 13 Latin American countries, and 103 cities from Mexico participated.

The purpose of the project was to take advantage of reused and recycled elements from the agave plant and local materials to design sustainable social housing for vulnerable families in Tequila, Jalisco.

Beckmann Foundation together with the Department of Habitat and Urban Development of the Technological Institute and Higher Studies of the West (ITESO), invited students of architecture, civil engineering, and design from different countries and cities to participate in the contest.

The task was to design a conceptual project of sustainable, aesthetic, comfortable and safe social housing that would respond to local regulations, reusing materials from the tequila manufacturing process and local materials, emphasizing offering housing solutions to marginalized groups in the region.

The Beckmann Foundation has for 20-years developed cultural programs that contribute to sustainable community development; and three months ago decided to join ITESO, in the framework of the Second International Congress on Sustainability in Habitats, in order to develop this contest.

“We are proud to have had the participation of 80 projects, 295 teams, 698 participants, 13 Latin American countries, 103 cities of the Mexican Republic and 16 finalists… For the Beckmann Foundation, it is an honor to follow our conviction to add to the traditions and contribute to this project that we hope will continue and favor many people,” said teacher Sonia Espínola de la Llave from Fundación Beckmann.

The qualifying jury determined by the Organizing Committee of the 2nd International Congress of Sustainability of the Habitats together with the Beckmann Foundation named the winners: first place: Ximena Lara Savage and José Luis Bárcenas Flores; Second place: Silvia Viana Álvarez and César Pérez Bastida.

As well as two third places: Rodrigo Cárdenas Ortiz, Manuel Alejandro González Arellano and Akari Mariana Gutiérrez Camacho, Mariana Peredo Mier and Pablo Camacho.

The honorable mention was presented to: Emmanuel Villaseñor Ramírez, Dulce María Ramírez Camacho and Omar Peñaloza Chávez, who obtained electronic tablets, commemorative bottles and desktop computers.

“We thank the Beckmann Foundation and the ITESO University for giving us the opportunity to demonstrate that we can create and design a home with reusable materials that allow us to create a decent product to be habitable,” commented the winners of the first place.

Puerto Vallarta News

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