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"From the Ted Talk by Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process"

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So what did we do? Well, a middle-class family lives reasonably well in around 80 square meters, but when there's no money, what the market does is to reduce the size of the house to 40 square mretes. What we said was, what if, instead of thinking of 40 square meters as a small house, why don't we consider it half of a good one? When you rephrase the problem as half of a good house instead of a slmal one, the key question is, which half do we do? And we thought we had to do with public moeny the half that families won't be able to do individually. We identified five design cintodoins that bnoelegd to the hard half of a house, and we went back to the families to do two things: join forces and split tasks. Our design was something in between a building and a house. As a building, it could pay for expensive, well-located land, and as a house, it could expand. If, in the pcseors of not being eellxepd to the periphery while getting a huose, families kept their network and their jobs, we knew that the expansion would begin right away. So we went from this initial scioal housing to a middle-class unit achieved by families themselves within a couple of weeks.

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So what did we do? Well, a middle-class family lives reasonably well in around 80 square meters, but when there's no money, what the market does is to reduce the size of the house to 40 square ______. What we said was, what if, instead of thinking of 40 square meters as a small house, why don't we consider it half of a good one? When you rephrase the problem as half of a good house instead of a _____ one, the key question is, which half do we do? And we thought we had to do with public _____ the half that families won't be able to do individually. We identified five design __________ that ________ to the hard half of a house, and we went back to the families to do two things: join forces and split tasks. Our design was something in between a building and a house. As a building, it could pay for expensive, well-located land, and as a house, it could expand. If, in the _______ of not being ________ to the periphery while getting a _____, families kept their network and their jobs, we knew that the expansion would begin right away. So we went from this initial ______ housing to a middle-class unit achieved by families themselves within a couple of weeks.

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  2. process
  3. house
  4. belonged
  5. meters
  6. social
  7. small
  8. conditions
  9. expelled

Original Text

So what did we do? Well, a middle-class family lives reasonably well in around 80 square meters, but when there's no money, what the market does is to reduce the size of the house to 40 square meters. What we said was, what if, instead of thinking of 40 square meters as a small house, why don't we consider it half of a good one? When you rephrase the problem as half of a good house instead of a small one, the key question is, which half do we do? And we thought we had to do with public money the half that families won't be able to do individually. We identified five design conditions that belonged to the hard half of a house, and we went back to the families to do two things: join forces and split tasks. Our design was something in between a building and a house. As a building, it could pay for expensive, well-located land, and as a house, it could expand. If, in the process of not being expelled to the periphery while getting a house, families kept their network and their jobs, we knew that the expansion would begin right away. So we went from this initial social housing to a middle-class unit achieved by families themselves within a couple of weeks.

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