Cidade de Deus, Brazil
Rio, Brazil

Grafting the informal / a popular view on networked public spaces


Grafting is the process where a new foreign element is united with an organism and let grow together. The concept of the project corresponds exactly to this process; informality is accepted as a situation under flux and new elements in the form of a network are introduced to enrich and facilitate the growth process. The network will eventually become a variable system that supports the public life of CDD and strengthens the connection between the fragments of the city. The strategy focuses on the in-between spaces in an effort to highlight and strengthen their role. A strong architecture language is chosen and different uses are paired applying both to the popular culture and the need for income generation. Either acting as separating or as connecting elements, these new hierarchies help to create a more aware social agglomeration, that occupies and freely moves between two extremes, the public and the private, the formal and the informal. Finally, these spaces will become, as B. Latour states quasi objects, actors in a highly hybridized network of people and space.


Research project, part of the MAS Urban Design of ETH Zurich

Published in “Cidade de Deus - City of God: Working with informalized mass housing in Brazil” (Germany: Ruby Press,2012) 193 - 203

Listed in “Cidade de Deus - City of God” exhibition at Columbia University’s StudioX, Praça Tiradentes, 48 Rio De Janeiro

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