Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
The Alternative Habitat Association is born as a spontaneous organization in 2005 2006, as the initiative of several persons (community representatives, engineers, architects, sociologists, artists, popular craftsmen and builders), locations (Coro, Mérida, Maracaibo) through different moments. Each member, with their own research works, proper of other regions, added expertise, knowledge, and a willing to learn from applied research, at first in connection with specific habitat improvement in the historic sector of the Santa Lucia district, in the city of Maracaibo, and at present, the Association’s proposals have been made extensive to habitat and housing intervention in the suburban area. IN 2001 we made the first financing application before the Ministry of Science and Technology (which was then called the CONYCIT), and it was only at the end of 2005 that we obtained resources to formally start with research works. Since 2001 until the date when we obtained the resource approval, all initiatives were managed on our own initiative and / or subsidized by the founding members and sponsors who believed in the importance and appropriateness of the proposal. We were initially driven by our need to know and record the traditional construction techniques in the historic sector, thanks to the influence of such persons as Arch. Enrique Capa Blanca, Arch. Jacqueline Alcalá, Arch. Pedro Romero, Arch. Juan Borges, Arch. Lucia Garzón, researchers in the area of heritage conservation and the study of building techniques.