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EVENT DATE: Jul 08, 2011

Laura Grace Gamse


We are working to raise money to sponsor travel expenses for voluneers and building materials for the construction of community spaces in a public housing complex in Igaraí Brazil!

REAL Housing, is an international sustainable community design/build project in Brazil that links the talents of young artists and designers from Chicago and São Paulo, to the residents of a public housing complex in Igaraí, Brazil. This project aims to create a pedagogical framework to bring people, agencies, universities and government together with Brazilian citizens to collectively envision creative solutions for public housing and shared community spaces, and to further all participants knowledge of sustainability, authentic community design participation and environmental education. In July 2011 several young architects and designers from Chicago and São Paulo will travel to Igaraí for three weeks to build public space projects, including bus stop shelters and a playground, with the help from community members.

DESIGN - Participants will work with the
Igaraí community to finalize designs for
two bus stops, a community park space
for both adults and children, a permeable
sidewalk, mural, along with additional projects
which will be determined with the
community in July.

WORKSHOPS - During the three week program,
construction, art and design workshops
will be conducted at FAF. The
wood/bamboo structures workshop will
be conducted by Dominique Gauzin-
Müeller, a laureated French architect specialist
in sustainable architecture.

BUILD - As with the design element of the
program, participants will create and construct
several of the designed projects. No
previous construction or architecture skills
are required, only enthusiasm to learn and
work in a team.

HISTORY - The REAL Housing project grew
out of collaborations between professor
Drea Howenstein from the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC),
professor Marcelo Aflalo, from Fundação
Armando Álvares Penteado (São Paulo,
Brazil), Architecture for Humanity (Chicago
Chapter), young architects and design
students in São Paulo and Chicago,
along with Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza
(FAF), an organic farm located in Igaraí,

ACCOMMODATIONS - Participants of the
2011 REAL Housing design/build workshop
will stay at FAF, an organic coffee
farm and retreat center located in Igaraí,
Brazil, a ten minute ride from the REAL
Housing site. FAF has been a coffee
plantation since 1850 and has been
owned and run by the Barretto family
since the early 1900s. Since 2002, Silvia
Barretto and her husband, Marcos
Croce, have been transforming the farm
into model of sustainable organic agriculture.



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