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Winter 2015/16

METROPOLITAN SYMBIOSIS São Paulo - Industries und Favela in Henry Ford

The metropolitan region of São Paulo, with more than 21 million inhabitants one of the biggest urban agglomerations in the world, is the most prosperous and leading economic center of South America. Behind the striking silhouette of high rises, the city is full of contrasts. The gap between rich and poor is one of the biggest worldwide. The rapid growth and increase of population which urban planners were not able to control, has also reinforced the formation of informal settlements - so-called favelas - which to a huge extent are for many people the only way to find a dwelling.

With more moderate growth São Paulo is now entering a phase of consolidation. In a 30 year process, the city plans to restructure huge urban areas such as Henry Ford and its surroundings to be more livable, which currently comprises 200,000 residents. Being the oldest industrial area in Brasil founded close to the historical city center, Henry Ford is still active and very lively today. It is characterized by mixed uses and types of industries - ranging from old warehouses, historical buildings to contemporary big boxes, indicating the overall change of the industrial sector. Also, in the past few years new small favelas have emerged that occupy vacant sites.

The design studio focusses on the question how spacial qualities in active industries can be developed under the very special and complex conditions of the site. Situated in the river valley of Tamanduateí between a motorway and a railway line, Henry Ford faces difficult conditions, that the studio will have to engage in: precarious living and environmental conditions, pollution and flooding as well as big infrastructures, that fragment the neighborhood. However, desirable urban qualities like density and the adjacency of living and working can still be found in Henry Ford. How can the favelas contribute to future development by incorporating more productive and human activities in the site? Can there be a symbioses between favelas and industries?


The design studio is organized in cooperation with the Department of Urban Planning (IES). Students will work in mixed teams of architects and landscape architects. Up to 10 students from each programme will be accepted, a basic knowledge of English is required. The studio includes a field trip to Sao Paulo from November 29th to December 5th. Participation in the field trip is optional.   

Betreuung: Prof. Christian Werthmann, Dipl.-Ing. Heike Schäfer (ILA) Prof. Andreas Quednau, Dipl.-  Ing. Frank Eittorf, Dipl.-Ing. Henning Dehn (IES)
Beginn: 21. Oktober 2015 16:00-18:00 Uhr, Raum A 205, HH-Str. 8