Elemental has recently reproposed the progressive dwelling as a means of addressing the problem of urban poverty. In Chile, this type of answer, based on the idea that a house is a process and not a fi nished object, has been experimented with since the 1950s and it has been implemented in numerous versions in relation to different social conditions, political demands and with respect to different background values. The progressive home is in fact open to various interpretations, not just with regard to the motivations which have supported it (which have ranged from pragmatic reasons to those of an ideological nature), but also because of the criticisms of it that have been made, which has raised doubts over its social effectiveness and the quality of the results. On the basis of various Chilean experiences, the paper considers the progressive dwelling in the light of certain critical issues that distinguish it.
Keywords: Progressive home; housing policies; urban poverty