Approaching the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities. A new spatial contract. Learning how will we live together. These thoughts brought by Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale 2021, may raise important questions about how architecture crosses and materializes social and political conflicts. To understand a more decentralized point of view, which indicates possibilities other than those dictated by normative mindsets, we interviewed Tainá de Paula, a Brazilian architect and community mobilizer in poor suburban areas. Tainá de Paula is an urban activist. She has worked in several urban planning and social housing projects, providing technical assistance to social movements fighting for housing in Brazil. Along with her academic background, she also shares with us the knowledge gained through her personal experiences and researches, which shape a fundamental approach to understanding architecture beyond hegemony. In the scope of the questions raised by the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, we conducted an interview with the architect in order to let her voice be heard and to shed light on new grounds for architectural thinking.
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