A Kickstarter Campaign to Paint Entire Favela in Rio de Janeiro

Painting: Rio Cruzeiro, realized in 2008. Image Courtesy of Painting’s Page

Dutch duo Haas and Hahn gained fame in 2005 for painting a few houses of Rio Janeiro’s favelas in a palate of bright hues. Now they’re back again, this time with a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds to paint the rest of the favela in the hopes of further transforming this crime-ridden community.

But it’s not just about splashing new paint on a few drab grey walls. Job training and hiring where opportunities are often scarce is also an important element of the project. Unlike their previous campaigns, this one also includes plastering the walls –– a sustainable element to control the moisture, acoustics and temperature of the homes, all while raising the value of each property. Donated money will go to supplies and salaries for the residents. For more information, visit their Kickstarter page.

Cite: Nicole Jones. "A Kickstarter Campaign to Paint Entire Favela in Rio de Janeiro" 02 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=433565>
  • Hybow

    Wow, this is great, I really hope it gets done!

  • FavelaPainting

    Thank you very much Arch Daily for featuring our Back to Rio project on your blog. In case one of your readers have questions about the project or Haas&Hahn we will answer them on Reddit IAmA today the 23th of October 10AM NYC / 12pm Rio / 4pm Amsterdam. We scheduled a marathon up to 10 hours to get to know our followers! http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/