“The cities of tomorrow are shaped by the informal settlements. According to Robert Neuwirth there are 1 Billion squatters on the planet. That is 1 on 7 people on the planet. The statistics show that there will be 2 billion in 2030, and 3 billion in 2050, or 1 on 3 people on the planet. The mosaic habitat is an attempt to respond to this.
The informal housing or Gecekondu in Istanbul is a spontaneous response to the massive growth the city knows since 1945. Due to the high unemployment rate the informal settlers have a very low or no income. The Gecekondu settlements are uncontrolled, poorly built and present severe risks in case of earthquakes and strong rains, common in Istanbul.”http://www.arch2o.com/mosaic-habitat-alexis-de-bosscher/
“What I propose is a participative project. The project integrates the need for dense, cheap settlements with the spontaneous housing typology. Basically a strong and simple structure is built with the basic needs in water and electricity. It provides the necessary infrastructure in case of earthquakes and heavy rains. The residents use this platform to build their own houses on. To make the initial costs drop for the inhabitants, there are community spaces placed on regular intervals with community kitchens and bathrooms. These are for the inhabitants who cannot afford it or for those who did not make the investment yet. It makes it possible for everyone to buy larger spaces and be flexible over time when a later investment can be made.” http://www.arch2o.com/mosaic-habitat-alexis-de-bosscher/