Date of Award

Fall 1-15-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Mary Roldán

Second Advisor

Manu Bhagavan

Academic Program Adviser

Jonathan Rosenberg


This thesis examines the struggles of squatters and slum dwellers for housing prior to the 1973 coup in Santiago de Chile, Valparaíso, and surrounding areas, with a focus on the Frei era of the late 1960s. The work argues that severe urban overcrowding generated advocacy for housing during the rise of progressive and leftist politics in Chile. It also explores the dynamics of efforts to promote housing through the lens of the work of professionals in the fields of architecture and urban planning. It argues that Chilean professionals adopted modernist principals in the fields of architecture and planning when promoting urban housing. The thesis draws on Chilean state archives, as well as the special collections of architects and planners outside of Chile.



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