2008 São Paulo, Brazil
Urban Creative Practices in São Paulo
We found 133 initiatives concentrated primarily in the central area, but spread over the whole metropolitan area. They test the collective use of space through cultural, arts, and education production, as well as the creation of recreational opportunities, recycling alternatives, social housing, etc.
The rapid urbanization process, experienced the late twentieth century, faced major problems related to the lack of infrastructure—from electricity and water to education and culture. This is still an ongoing process, which has fragmented the city, producing urban wastelands and residual spaces of different natures; it has also polarized wealth. This urbanization process has created both a verifiable lack of quality spaces for human coexistence, and unused space with the potential to host urban creative practices. In São Paulo, these are drivers to a restructuring of the urban environment committed to the level of the user.
Edificio União (Union Building) is a formerly occupied high-rise in the center of the city, which has been successfully converted into residences for forty-two families, including a communal space.
Instituto Acaia is a cultural facility, with a nursery and a workshop, which has carved a common space within the dense slum tissue.
Biourban transformed the pathways of the Mauro slum, stimulating inhabitants to activate unused spaces and upgrade them.
Members of the Jury for the Award in São Paulo
Director, Urban Age & Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism, London School of Economics
Art critic and professor at Faculdade Santa Marcelina
Fernando de Mello Franco
Founder MMBB Architects
Raí Souza Vieira de Oliveira
Former soccer player, co-founder and director of the “Foundation Gol de Letra”, a UNESCO model for supporting at-risk children worldwide
Former Mayor of Washington, DC and is the Executive Director of the Global Government