Community & Home Design
On this plot of land, we will be funding and building 150 homes most of which are for those that were affected by the 2017 earthquake. This is part of a community of 500 homes that we are building with local developers. The government provided this land for us to help get earthquake reconstruction started for Tenosique and we are grateful for it! Land that meets our standards can be incredibly hard to find. Specifically, we only build on land within 10-15 minutes of where families currently live, with adequate access to public transportation and infrastructure. We are careful not to build communities where families wouldn’t want to live or where they might not thrive.
Here we have the final design for the community of Tenosique. The homes are clustered in blocks around the community center to create a safe visible space for kids to play and for the community as a whole to gather.
New Story works with a fabulous team of volunteer urban designers who help us create designs like the one above. Our designers create a few options we present them to the future home recipients for feedback in our Lean Participatory Design Session. The design above is the result based on the feedback the community gave on the initial designs. It is key to our process that the families have a say in how their community is built, since they know the area best and will be living there for generations to come.
The homes in Tenosique will cost New Story $5,989 to build which is the lowest of any community we are working on in Mexico. This is because the federal government has agreed to subsidize $3,800 per home in order to get the project underway. Each home will have two main bedrooms, a living room with a kitchen, and an indoor toilet with plumbing.