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SHORT SUMMARY OF THE THESIS

The Goal of our study is to increase the knowledge of alternative ways to improve the quality in social housing in Querétaro, while promoting a sustainable development of the city.

The results of our study will help architects and planners in their creative approach to generate better options for low income families, which in turn should improve their life quality in the suburbs.

The research focuses on finding the inherent potential of organizational, urban and architectural strategies which have been used in the production of social housing in the past. To learn more in detail about an example, we present the city center of Querétaro as an ideal urban model. In order to observe the extended growth of the city we then focus in the northwest suburb and its housing typologies.

The first part of our thesis is an introduction which briefly explains the grounds on which we build our study.

The second part is the theoretical framework of our study, which we organized in three parts: the regional, the statistical, and the historical framework. We aim to learn about relationships existing
between the regional, statistical and historical frameworks and our main topic of investigation
which is the quality of social housing in Querétaro, Mexico.

In the third part of our study we aim to learn about the existing organizational processes, as well as the urban, and architectural design typologies which circumscribe our object of investigation. We analyze the players and their influence on the quality of social housing. We then focus on two areas of the city; on the one part we analyze the city center which serves as an example of sustainable development from our point of view. After doing so, we focus on one largely extended part of the city in the northwest suburbs and its housing typologies.

The fourth and final part are the conclusions. Organizational, urban and architectural planning are some of the primary factors which will improve the quality and sustainability of social housing
in Querétaro, Mexico. In order to achieve this, architects should get involved in the process of planning and building to help optimize the use of social, ecological and economical resources.

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