Housing explorations. Unidad Vecinal Portales in Santiago
Umberto Bonomo

Abstract
This article explores the contribution of Unidad Vecinal Portales – built in Santiago de Chile by the studio Bresciani, Valdés, Castillo y Huidobro – to the debates on social housing in Chile between the 1940s and 1960s. A series of radical decisions, put into action in the complex, demonstrate a deep exploration at the urban, typological, and aesthetic levels. This exploration has given life to an important case study in Chile and Latin- America, where urban and architectural challenges of the second half of the 20th century blend harmoniously

Keywords
Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing, Post-war housing, Welfare architecture, Mass housing, Santiago modern architecture, Unidad Vecinal Portales, Bresciani, Valdés, Castillo y Huidobro, Restoration of modern architecture.

Issue 65
Year 2021
Pages 22-27
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.52200/65.A.DTPWO1DY

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