Towards a socially sustainable common village


Cities nowadays are direct consequence of the fast transformation shaped by capitalist system’s free market. There is right to a parcel, to a dwelling, for those with purchase capacity.

The cities’ physical structures, direct reflection of their social structures, are quite clear.  This is the way that legal codes define and authorize them: in addition to private property, there are spaces and public paths that belong to the state, that is to say, to the community for their use and collective benefit. But there also exists what are named “irregular settings”, areas that are invaded and inhabited by individuals whose do not belong commercially, and apartments occupied without the due purchase or rent contracts.

There is the right to occupy a space if there is sufficient money to support it. By being born, a creature gets the challenge to certify himself someday as “inhabitant person” while he is able to acquire sufficient cultural credentials to buy the space where he will live.

Human race inhabits the planet jointly, and the land competition has caused more rancor and division than union and collective force.  However, it is seen that other forms of interaction can subsist in the planet. For North American natives land was not a reason for quarrels. Man belonged to the environment and it was not conceived that territory could be measured and distributed as if it was a cake. The land, the river, the mountains, the clouds belonged all to a Natural order, not to whom dared to take over them.

The social organizations of an anthill or a honeycomb speak of the possibilities of feasible, harmonic, and constructive co-habitability.

Prompting individuals to count on a physically and socially sustainable environment, and agreed with its needs, facilitates the performance of a whole community for its development.

The social dimensions of the present western culture deserve a deep revision in terms of an adjustment towards more sustainable social structures, like a living organism that includes a whole community as a group. It is required, for so, that housing survival to be a guaranteed fact previous to the fits established by markets, like of any commercial good.

Among other conjunctures of century opening, we are before the necessity to reform the human village as a refuge with a minimum assured from where to start off. We have reached thresholds where it is indispensable to invent those constructed enclosures able to lodge complete communities where, as minimum premises, we all fit and the differences begin beyond the habitability.