Demonstrations against Covid restrictions
Preprint / Version 1

When quarantine is a privilege

Housing overcrowding and substandard living conditions of the urban poor


  • Luz Maria Vergara TU Delft



Housing, Covid-19, Global South, Chile, Living conditions, Urban poor, Inequality, Overcrowding


In a ruthless way, the pandemic has evidenced existing inequalities among cities around the world. It should not come as a surprise then, that social distancing, self-isolation, and working from home, are measures which are not easy or even possible to follow by an important part of the world’s population that live in substandard housing and overcrowded living conditions.

Author Biography

Luz Maria Vergara, TU Delft

Luz Maria Vergara is an architect and MSc in Architecture from Universidad Catolica de Chile (UC) and Doctor in housing management at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Her research interests are related to housing challenges in the Global South with special attention to the role of civil society organisations in the context of deprived neighbourhoods and social vulnerability. Throughout her professional career, she has performed functions in architectural design, research, consultancy, and teaching. Currently, she is postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mangement in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft.