PlugMinas – Digital Training and Experimentation Center / Rafael Yanni and Luciana Miglio Cajado

© Gustavo Xavier

Architects: ,
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil
Landscape Design: Rafael Yanni, Martha Abdo
Completion: 2010
Builder: Sengel Construções Ltda.
Photographs: Gustavo Xavier , Rafael Yanni

   

© Gustavo Xavier

The Government of Minas Gerais (Brazil), through the Secretary of State for Culture, started in 2009 the deployment of PlugMinas – Digital Training and Experimentation Center. Students 14 to 24 years of public education develop activities and skills to deal with various aspects of technology, digital culture and the arts.

© Gustavo Xavier

“The young have to be the protagonist of his transformation. If you do not discover a new universe for the young, it’s unable for him to move and have a new relationship with the world . PlugMinas is a young city, a place where is offered a wide and varied menu of activities, which has of tools the digital culture and the arts. “Carlos Gradim – PlugMinas executive manager”.

© Gustavo Xavier

In an area of 67 thousand meters square in the Horto district, in Belo Horizonte, where it was a FEBEM (popularly known as a prison for youth transgressors), 15 buildings have been completely restructured and adapted to receive the PlugMinas Units. With modular deployment, PlugMinas began operations in 2009 with the installation of Units Valores de Minas and Oi Kabum!. In 2010 were inaugurated the Units Empreendedorismo Juvenil (Youth Entrepreneurship), Caminhos do Futuro (Future Paths), Amigo do Professor (Professor Friend) and INOVE – Jogos Digitais (Digital Games). Almost 5.000 people, including young people and teachers were treated at the center at the end of 2010.

© Gustavo Xavier

In the Units of PlugMinas, students participate in educational activities totally free, with classes in audio production, video, graphic design, entrepreneurship, theater, dance, game development, among others. The center also has activities for teachers of public schools and each Unit is maintained by the private sector partners.

© Rafael Yanni

The Unit Caminhos do Futuro (Paths of the Future) is the gateway to the PlugMinas. It has a formal gallery for exhibitions, where students and the community have the opportunity to view and appreciate the work at PlugMinas and guest artists. But the whole building, the foyer, the courtyard and the square are designed to be an informal gallery for diverse manifestations. On the back of the building, the square of the trees (or plaza of the “small hills”) ends to receive and prepare the visitor for the ride. In this square, existing trees and topography have been circumvented by the pavement, resulting in small green hills.

© Rafael Yanni


The Pathway connecting the Units was performed on concrete pigmented red. Near each Unit the floor folds or raises the soil into totems identification and orientation. Communication cards in aluminum composite panels hug the totems. Two large totem poles 10 feet tall cast off the composition at the ends of the Pathway.

© Rafael Yanni

For the existing Pavilions of the old FEBEM were adopted low cost projects whit standard facade detailing and restoration of existing roofs. Grids and elements of coercion were replaced by generous glass panes. The inside of each Unit was refurbished by the partner maintainer.

© Rafael Yanni

The landscaping benefited from the existing old trees, orchards without compositions using only grass. Landscaping with the intent lush and hard geometry was executed only at the roundabout, composed of various species of grasses and flowers.

© Rafael Yanni

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Cite: "PlugMinas – Digital Training and Experimentation Center / Rafael Yanni and Luciana Miglio Cajado" 20 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=193151>

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    I notice in the article you state here it was a FEBEM popularly known as a prison for youth transgressors. I am interested to track down information on FEBEM and its histoy. As I was from the state orphanage that was also there along with the prison for the juveniles.I was lucky to be adopted from FEBEM and I was wondering if you would hold any more background history of the old FEBEM itself. I am eventually on the look for background information on biological parents and I would be interested to see whether there is a posibility they would still keep original documents from FEBEMs state orphange on file somewhere.

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