in 2008, the SLUM LAB visited Paraisópolis, a Brazilian favela in the heart of São Paulo, eliciting a series of architectural ‘tactics’ conceived to integrate and transform “critical urban areas”, sprawling tracts of informal housing that support a dynamic social and spatial life. Part architect’s journal, part field guide, the Informal Toolbox delves into the promises and perils of slum upgrading while offering a glimpse of the fantastic creativity and manifold instabilities of life in the favela.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
My good friends over at ProxyArch are working on a book for Columbia University's SlumLab that will be published soon. Called Informal Toolbox, it is a series of 'tactics' for working in informal settlements such as favelas. Here is the book's description from it's authors: