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    Travel Studio in Sao Paolo, Brazil

    Focus
    Globalization, population growth, modernization, urbanization in Brazil

    Instructors
    Jeanne Gang, Martin Klaeschen

    Project Partner
    Escola da Cidade

    The Project
    The studio project was two-fold: to prepare an urban analysis and design proposal followed on a micro scale by a building project as a piece of the earlier urban proposal. The building's program, material and structure were informed by the initial analysis. The studio traveled to Sao Paulo and worked in parallel coordination there with the students and faculty at the Escola da Cidade, an architecture school.

    The studio explored how globalization as an important international phenomenon, combined with rapid population growth, occurs in this particular Latin American city. During the mid-point of the semester, the studio visited and explored Sao Paulo as an exciting real-city laboratory.

    The studio discovered regional, architectural and urban subjects such as history, density, patterns of growth, dwellings, popular culture, craft, materials and construction technology and investigated their potential impact on the planning and building culture by considering Brazil's economical, social, environmental and technical problems as a breeding ground for a project.

    The challenge was to think about Sao Paulo as an informal city without physical and conceptual preoccupations of our own (European) urban traditions.

    This Brazil Studio, Sao Paulo, is generously supported by the Jocarno Fund, Chicago.