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10/23/2008 01:33:35 PM · #1
Check out this crazy photo of low income burbs in mexico city.

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10/23/2008 01:35:54 PM · #2
It looks like toon town.
10/23/2008 02:24:52 PM · #3
i think it's a model.


10/23/2008 02:26:06 PM · #4
Originally posted by soup:

i think it's a model.


No it's not; absolutely for real... Source of image = //homepage.mac.com/helipilot/PhotoAlbum20.html, scroll halfway down. Image is captioned "Mejor que el caos de casitas grises. Parte de las 23,100 casas en Ixtapaluca", which I imagine most of y'all can figure out even if you're not Spanish speakers...

R.

Message edited by author 2008-10-23 14:31:09.
10/23/2008 02:30:55 PM · #5
that's crazy. i can't imagine. the designers definately watched too much 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood'


10/23/2008 02:31:05 PM · #6
Guess that ruins the "Hey, I live in the white house with the orange roof, stop on by."
10/23/2008 02:34:03 PM · #7
Originally posted by soup:

that's crazy. i can't imagine. the designers definately watched too much 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood'


The designers would be the government of Mexico. Apparently this can be seen in quite a few cities in Mexico. The houses are just one giant concrete block. The idea was to get rid of the shanty towns and replace them with these, or so a friend told me.

*shrug*

You can see a few others at the website mentioned on the image.

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english version of the site with explanations (sorta)



Message edited by author 2008-10-23 14:36:06.
10/23/2008 02:36:43 PM · #8
For context, here's a view of older housing :-)

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And here's another newer development:

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Mexico, as I'm sure many of you are aware, has a SERIOUS need for modern housing for its people, and developments like these are her answer...

And in a nation of relatively few car-owners, you see a LOT of taxicabs:

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I love these shots :-) I have spent a lot of time in Mexico, so they bring back memories.

R.
10/23/2008 02:51:33 PM · #9
look up Ixtapaluca in google earth + you can see them
impressive (lots of good pics on the origial site / good find !!)
10/23/2008 03:44:30 PM · #10
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!! that is seriously HEAVY man! what a trip!
10/23/2008 04:23:20 PM · #11
Originally posted by Bujanx:

Check out this crazy photo of low income burbs in mexico city.

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Where are the front doors?????
10/23/2008 04:28:48 PM · #12
Man you talk about a tough home owners association, they would be like "no you can not do that, your house would not look like the others" and imagine being a little tipsy and trying to get into the right house.
10/23/2008 04:32:32 PM · #13
Originally posted by Judi:

Where are the front doors?????


They use side doors, on the left side as you face the facade and about 8-12 feet back from the front.

R.
10/23/2008 04:36:01 PM · #14
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by Judi:

Where are the front doors?????


They use side doors, on the left side as you face the facade and about 8-12 feet back from the front.

R.


That's bizarre!
10/23/2008 04:50:01 PM · #15
where the doors are is bizarre ?

man...


10/23/2008 05:00:31 PM · #16
Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by Judi:

Where are the front doors?????


They use side doors, on the left side as you face the facade and about 8-12 feet back from the front.

R.


That's bizarre!


It's actually quite normal in a lot of places. When you build a small house on a narrow lot, you completely destroy the front room's usefulness if you mount a front door. Since the long side is usually perpendicular tot he street, that's the sensible place to put the door.

Interestingly, here on Cape Cod NOBODY uses their front doors; you see a lot of older houses where there are no walkways at all to those doors, they haven't been used in many years, and people use the side doors for the daily travels. I'm not sure why...

R.
10/23/2008 05:02:59 PM · #17
hell, at least they have urban planning
10/23/2008 05:05:12 PM · #18
because the side door attaches to the door yard, and the door yard attaches to the road. the front door attaches to the front yard, and the front yard attaches to the back ;}

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Interestingly, here on Cape Cod NOBODY uses their front doors; you see a lot of older houses where there are no walkways at all to those doors, they haven't been used in many years, and people use the side doors for the daily travels. I'm not sure why...


Message edited by author 2008-10-23 17:05:20.
10/23/2008 06:11:34 PM · #19
I suppose it beats living in cardboard and plywood shacks... but, yes, certainly the first one looks like a computer graphic.
10/23/2008 06:42:27 PM · #20
Looks like an abstract photographer's dream. Although with those colors better make them black and white abstracts.

Message edited by author 2008-10-23 18:47:43.
10/23/2008 06:53:47 PM · #21
Amazing. It looks like Lego Land!
10/23/2008 10:02:56 PM · #22
I would choose an anonymous lego land house over the self expression of an urban slum in a second. A leak free roof, running water, electricity, possibly a roof to dry laundry can mean a great deal. I don't know about Mexico, but in India the government would periodically bulldoze the slums or squatters settlements and everyone would loose everything.

On the other hand who knows what standard they are built to, or how they will withstand earthquakes and indifferent maintenance. I hope they don't turn into Chicago's Cabrini Green.

Message edited by author 2008-10-23 22:04:23.
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