Architectural design contest for Casita Linda

By Jade Arroyo

Recently, the non-profit association Casita Linda announced a call for the Architectural Design Competition with Social Sense. The goal of this competition is to provide homes for families living in extreme poverty who are enrolled in the program and to support architecture students from San Miguel and other cities in Mexico at the same time. Contenders will design a prototype house that can be built by the organization.

The project was presented at a press conference given by representatives of Casita Linda and attended by architects from the College of Architects. The invitation for this contest was also sent to several architecture, engineering and design departments all over Mexico. Casita Linda A.C. has helped over 70 families build houses within the municipality. To be eligible for assistance, a family must have land registered in their name and children in school, and there must not be any record of family violence.

The contest is open to contestants from all over the country and proposals will be received until September 13. The jury will be made up of architects Víctor Legorreta, Mauricio Rocha and Luis Sánches Renero. The top three designers, along with the members of the jury, will be honored on October 12 at a dinner-dance at Las Ventanas. The winners will receive cash prizes, certificates and other gifts. The event is planned to be advertised and recognized by local, national and international media. The winning designs will be constructed by Casita Linda in December of this year for qualifying families.

For further information about the project, you can visit the Casita Linda office at Zacateros 29 (Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm), call 152-0271 or 415-103-0030, or write to Complete information about the competition is available at the website,


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