Comprehensive Habitat Reconstruction in Guendalizaa
[Comité xtepecano + Unitierra + Comunal]
From the earthquakes that occurred in Chiapas and Oaxaca on September 7 and 23 (2017), the fight of the "Consejo de Reconstrucción y Fortalecimiento del Tejido Comunitario de Ixtepec" began to defend the traditional housing of the Binnizá culture in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. A year after the earthquakes occurred, the "Comité Ixtepecano" recognizes that the reconstruction strategy by the federal government has been unsuccessful because it generated community breakdown, loss of traditional housing and uninhabitable spaces for the culture and climate of the region.
Faced with this situation, the Ixtepecano Committee and the Universidad de la Tierra de Oaxaca invited us to collaborate with 25 families in the design and construction of a housing model with local materials through participatory strategies, taking as a starting point the constructive, territorial and cultural knowledge of the inhabitants.