Before COVID-19 came into our lives, no one could have imagined that for many of us, the world would be largely reduced to the four walls of our home for almost two years. Lockdown underscored just how important our homes are for our quality of life and the urgent need to guarantee access to housing for all, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), where there is an … [Read more...] about Why should the private sector get involved in the development of green housing?
In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the housing demand is greater than the supply of decent housing. This is what is known as housing deficit. This deficit can be both quantitative and qualitative. The former measures the need of households for new housing. The qualitative deficit, on the other hand, is made up of housing units in poor condition and/or those that need … [Read more...] about How to reduce the housing deficit in Latin America and the Caribbean with inclusive and resilient solutions?
Have you ever wondered how, aspects of the design of a home and its neighborhood, affect people's well-being? Elements such as the height and architectural style of a building, the construction materials of a house, the density of the city, and the presence of public spaces, among others, are an elementary part to be considered by anyone working in urban planning and … [Read more...] about How does housing design affect people’s well-being?
A climatic approach for economic and social development The Colonial City is the oldest urban nucleus of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. It was the first permanent European settlement on the continent, serving as an urban model to be replicated in other colonial cities in America. On December 8, 1990, the Colonial City of Santo Domingo (CCSD) was declared a … [Read more...] about IDB´s role revitalizing heritage housing in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo
The quality and location of housing has direct implications for the health of those who inhabit it. There are many studies that support how the fact that residing in an adequate housing unit contributes to improving household’s health. That a home has access to water and sanitation services, in a safe area, and located close to health care and education services greatly affects … [Read more...] about How does a home influence the health of its occupants?