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Royal Academy Roundtable on Housing in Mexico

Ann Varley and Clara Salazar raise questions of housing quality and informality

Royal Academy Roundtable on Housing in Mexico

On 12 March Professor Ann Varley and Dr Clara Salazar participated in the Royal Academy’s Roundtable on Housing in Mexico. Clara is a visiting scholar in UCL Geography for a year, on sabbatical from the Centre for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies in El Colegio de México.

The Roundtable was part of the Academy’s Architecture Programme series on The Future of Housing, and also associated with MX/UK 2015, a year celebrating Mexico-UK bilateral relations.

Ann and Clara were invited to comment on the presentation of Mr Alejandro Murat, the Director General of INFONAVIT, the Mexican government agency for workers’ housing, and the largest mortgage lender in Latin America.

Clara urged the need to give greater attention to housing quality, which has been neglected in the Mexican government’s drive to increase the number of formal sector homes over the past 20 years.

Ann questioned the focus on formal sector production, and its implications for the informal settlements that remain the primary housing option for the country’s urban poor. Will the focus on formality create a growing intolerance of informal settlements and increased evictions?

UCL and El Colegio de México are working on initiatives for further collaboration under the aegis of Prof Alejandro Madrigal, UCL Pro-Provost for the Americas.

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