Proposed Water and Sanitation Project, Campo Verde

Proposed water and sanitation project in the Mayan Highlands Campo Verde, Municipality of Santa Lucía Utatlán, Guatemala.   In order to address the government’s recent decision to tear down the Campo Verde Primary School’s bathrooms to build two new classrooms, the design incorporates a library and reading room, plus composting toilets that acknowledge the severe lack

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Low Cost Housing 2009

Low cost housing project, Goyena Nicaragua 2012 More than 100 families in the Goyena community alone live in severely substandard conditions. This project, which grew out of an extensive survey completed in August 2011 on the status of families in the community, combines development strategies of guided auto-construction, micro enterprise development, savings contributions and donor

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Community Center 2007-15

Goyena Community Center 2007-15 The community center project is the first collaboration between ViviendasLeon and the University of San Francisco, Department of Architecture and Community Design.  It was designed by fourth-year students over the course of an academic year within the framework of a design studio.  Students traveled to the community to begin construction on

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Goyena Preschool 2005-7

Goyena Preschool 2005-7 The preschool was started at a time when organizations were beginning to emphasize among rural communities the importance of preschool education.  As it is true in the U.S., preschool for children freed women to pursue other activities during the work day, like taking on income producing projects. This project was phased over

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Proyecto Mujer 1993-94

Proyecto Mujer is a renovation of an existing adobe house in the historic center of León for a social service agency by the same name.   The agency worked with women involved in prostitution, their children and families, recognizing their lives were intertwined and the result of a number of interrelated issues: severe economic hardship, a

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