Architects: RoccoVidal P+W
Location: Sao Paulo – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Architects: Luiz Fernando Rocco, Fernando Vidal, Douglas Tolaine
Collaborators: Fernanda Tegacini, Marcela Kishi, Caroline Estelles, Ana Cecilia Guimarães, Carlos Andrigo, Fred Zara, Fernanda Morais, Fernanda Borges
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Tuca Reinés
The photographer’s series explores that symmetry in Bo Bardi’s brutalist design, in which two colors, red and concrete-gray, unite harmoniously.
See more of Pires’ images, after the break…
Location: São Paulo, Brasil
Partners: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Olivier Rafaëlli e Guillaume Sibaud
Team: Pedro de Mattos Ferraz, Collaborators: Thiago Bicas, Ricardo Innecco, Luísa Vicentini, Sofia Saleme, Priscila Fialho, Murillo Fantinati, Natallia Shiroma, Nely Silveira
Photographs: Pedro Kok, Courtesy of Triptyque
According to the chairman of the Memorial, João Batista de Andrade, they are waiting for the Fire Department and the police to finish their investigations before determining what action will be taken: ”We need to know what is the impact of the fire on the building’s structure. If we need to demolish, regrettably it will have to be done. If safety requires, we will demolish.”
More details on the fire, after the break…
São Paulo: 5 Grandes Construções (Sao Paulo: 5 Great Buildings) highlights the Martinelli Building, Banespa, MASP, COPAN and Unique. Clearly inspired by ”Chicago – Five Great Buildings,” by Al Boardman, the video uses simple, fluid lines to represent and reveal each building’s unique form.
Iwan Baan’s recent TED talk on ingenious informal settlement ‘architecture’ became instantly popular, clearly striking a chord with people across the globe. The lecture has been called everything from heartwarming to condescending, but for Parsons graduate students Meagan Durlak and James Frankis it was reaffirming. Durlak and Frankis have spent time working in Sao Paolo’s favelas and understand that finding a balance between the good and the bad is key to the revitalization of these settlements. This article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as “Response to Iwan Baan’s TED Talk,” journals some of their experiences working in South American slums, and why we need to stop treating those slums as a blight.
Meagan Durlak and I were excited to see the TED talk by architectural photographer Iwan Baan on the ingenuity found within informal settlements. In his presentation he walks us through a range of communities across the world, capturing many such settlements, including houses above a lagoon and a repurposed office block.
Baan’s view of informal settlements resonates with our own work; it’s an under-told story that we very much applaud. He shows an overview of people’s lives and their unique methods for adapting to difficult conditions. Perhaps as interesting as his film are the reactions to it from TED viewers. Many found the innovation in informal settlements to be inspiring and heartwarming; others claimed that this talk is just a life affirming story for the rich 1% of the world, perpetuating inaction for areas which need immediate aid. The two sides of the argument reminded us of our own work and the battles we have gone through in trying to wrap our heads around the systems of informal settlements, as well as the difficulties we have had in explaining their hidden properties to others.
Keep an eye out, or you might miss the Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (a.k.a. MuBE, pronounced MOO-bee). Widely considered the masterpiece of Pritzker Prize-winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the building was in fact born out of the desire to have no building at all. When in the 1980s an empty lot in Sao Paulo’s mansion-laden Jardins district was slated to become a shopping mall, wealthy residents successfully lobbied to create a public square instead. To sweeten the deal and ensure the land stayed commercial-free, they hired Mendes de Rocha to create MuBE. Completed in 1995, the 7000-sq-meter museum hunkers down beneath ground level, thus preserving what in Sao Paulo is that rarest of luxuries: a public green space.