Throw Back Thursday: The First House Design (1985-1989)

June 18, 2015 by Amor

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Our first house design was created in 1985, after a year of working in the Tijuana Dump, fixing dilapidated shacks for families in desperate need. Realizing that the families we were serving didn't have the right to the land, we designed the house to be disassembled if ever needed so the family could relocate. 

For that same reason we installed wood siding and painted them any color the family wanted. The colors were usually a bright lively color which is why we gave the upper Tijuana dump the nickname " The Easter Egg Community."

After building more than 600 homes in the Tijuana Dump the community got together and asked the city of Tijuana to officially register the community as "Colonia Independencia" or Independence! The request was finally granted and each of the families were deeded their land. The city of Tijuana moved the location of the city dump, where people are no longer allowed to reside and sort trash. 


 

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