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The public spaces of the favelas are a paradigm. State simplification (James Scott) obfuscate favela specific contexts.

Favela common spaces can be very sustainable, for example, they prioritize pedestrian use, they have an organic growth and most frequent vehicles are bicycles. Moreover, the life in between buildings in favelas is vibrant, many encounters occur along alleys and void spaces. The common areas are ocupied over and over again by different needs and activities that supply the imagination of residents, as happenings, or as palimpsests. 

The Escola da Arquitetura da Favela ( School of Favela Architecture) conducted a series of classes about mapping, about architecture and about arts. The students developed structures they wished to have in their neighborhood. This participatory planning empowered both students and the surrounding community. The Favela library is a processual design in the Favela Grota de Santo Antonio/Favela do Antigo Telegrafo.


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Project details
Project name: Favela open library/ School of Favela Architecture
Description: Escola da Arquitetura da Favela (School of Favela Architecture)
Category: public & culture
Building status: in use
Location: Maceio, Brazil
Coordinates: 9°38'33.1'' S, 35°42'55.8'' W
Tags: urban, favela, recycled recources, community practice, low budget
Project ID: 522
Published: 13 June 2015
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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