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The 1,000 dollar home : a scalable business model to build disaster relief dwellings and upgrade slums

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dc.contributor.advisor Dennis Frenchman. en_US
dc.contributor.author Cañzio, Luis (Del Cañzio) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-28T13:06:45Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-28T13:06:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en_US
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/38916
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2006. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 61-62). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis proposes a new model for the private markets to build disaster relief dwellings or to upgrade degraded neighborhoods of very low income communities. The study offers a way to empower the dwellers of very poor communities or the victims of natural disasters not only by providing them with financial support, but equally important by also providing them with a construction method that allows for a progressive build up of their dwellings. In doing so, the author argues that the residents of poor, informal settlements could act as developers of good quality housing and successfully improve their communities. The analysis leading to the proposed new model is based on the following: 1. A review of other private sector precedents to empower the communities of impoverished settlements or victims of natural disasters. Such precedents have had varying degrees of success, and illustrate the difficulties in implementing a method that can be scaled up universally to meet the overwhelming need for low cost housing. 2. A specific technical solution to build low cost houses by relying on the use of stabilized earth compacted and packaged into polypropylene skin, forming a continuous durable brick, as the main construction material and a self-build approach that can guarantee the affordability while also providing for a safe and good quality dwelling unit. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) 3. A valid economic model that can be adopted by private entities, either for profit or non-profit. The proposed economic model focuses on creating for profit firms with social entrepreneurial capital. Such entrepreneurial firms can be scaled up to build large amounts of housing units. The business model has three different phases. First the clients will be NGOs doing development or emergency relief. Second, once footprint has been established, the clients will be multinational corporations that want to optimize their corporate social responsibility strategy. This multinationals will finance the projects of the new ultra-low-cost housing development firms as an indirect way to benefit their stakeholders, to increase their brand recognition and goodwill, or to do damage control. Third, the economic model will consider the dweller as the paying party. That will be achieved by adding microfinance service for the poor. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Luis Canizo. en_US
dc.format.extent 62 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title The 1,000 dollar home : a scalable business model to build disaster relief dwellings and upgrade slums en_US
dc.title.alternative One thousand dollar home : a scalable business model to build disaster relief dwellings and upgrade slums en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 124508118 en_US


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