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Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!
Some of the major issues the project addresses are overcrowding, water shortage, pollution, insecurity, limited mobility, and energy deficits within the ZMVM. Team Mexico created a prototype as an enclosure that works as a collection of flexible spaces that overlap functions and spaces. These units are flexible and can be adapted to different urbanistic and topographic conditions of the city. The team built a competitive version of the house for the renowned competition taking place in Versailles, France.
CASA’s system aims to offer a “toolbox”, which can allow the user to apply each component of the system according to their specific needs. The toolbox includes a lightweight modular structural system, hyper-insulated roofing, outer skin cover, with integrated photovoltaic panels, rainwater collection and edible vegetation, passive hydraulic and water heating system and furniture modules.
Instead of developing finished housing units, the team decided to create a more flexible solution in the form of a smart building system. CASA was designed to bridge residual spaces inside the city, such as empty lots, interstitial spaces within the infrastructure, in-between parti-walls and retrofitting existing buildings as an extension in rooftops or terraces. The project aims to densify built environments, diminish the cost of land and reduce the distance between people and their activities.
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