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This study is made, as a basic function, to better understand Mexico's accelerated urban expansion, where it stands today and where it will be by the year 1980. It also explores the similarity between Mexico and the rest of the Latin American countries.

The high rate of population growth, which in many cities soars as high as 5 to 7 percent per year, points to the need for important institutional and technological reforms in the fields of housing and planning urban growth. If this trend continues, population in the larger urban centers will double every fourteen years. According to the Studies of the Second Reunion of Latin American Countries on Popu­lation held in Mexico City in March, 1975, 300 million people will inhabit the Latin American countries. This figure will double in 25 years.

This study presents Mexico's needs for a housing program to solve the needs of a 3.5 percent annual population growth. The study also explains a newly formed housing program since the forming of the nation as a political entity. Encouraged by this program, architects, engineers, and planners are experimenting with new methods and materials to accelerate the construction industry.

Based on the data accumulated throughout this study, a new possibility of construction for a housing development is explored. The system will improve the construction needs by speeding up the erection of new dwellings in half the time it takes presently, giving yet another possibility to cope with our ever-growing population explosion.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Michel Louis Roger Pillet

Second Committee Member

Edith Ann Cherry

Third Committee Member

Andres Aragon Viamonte

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