Mutirão. Brazil

Guest post by Andrés Sanchez Arias


This chapter showcases self-construction and self-management experiences in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

To begin, we explore Paraisopolis, a homegrown neighborhood in Sao Paulo, with the objective of understanding the dynamics around the construction of housing and the relationship between Client-Pedrero. Later, we become involved in a couple of “Mutirão” projects, a Brazilian concept around self-help reflecting  a collective mobilization-based on mutual support and free technical assistance. Finally, we explore  “invaded” (or squatted)  buildings in the city center to discover the organization and management is led by the inhabitants.

Thus, we argues that these practices called “informal” or “illegal” are actually valid tools in building inclusive and sustainable cities.

Through this link you can find the second episode of Architecture Inverse.


Related Links:

Intro Architecture Inverse

Episode 1 Architecture Inverse [South Africa]

Foto Andres 2Andrés Sanchez Arias

Andrés is an architect from the Catholic University of Leuven and Sciences and Techniques of Urban Environments ENSA Nantes, France, who specializes in Architecture and Sustainable Development. He has worked with CRENAU Nantes Laboratory and capacities-University of Nantes France- in fields of study related to the improvement of housing and the recognition of social dynamics as tools to generate sustainable solutions that meet the needs of communities and current environmental demands, particularly in relation to the creation of housing, infrastructure and spaces in self-constructed informal settlements. Fieldwork: Bogota (Colombia), Mumbai (India), Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Manila (Philippines), Seoul (South Korea).


Arquitecto especializado en Arquitectura y Desarrollo Sostenible de la Universidad Católica de Lovaina y en Ciencias y Técnicas de Ambientes Urbanos de la ENSA Nantes. A trabajado vinculado al Laboratorio CRENAU Nantes y con Capacites-Universidad de Nantes Francia, en campos de estudio relacionados con el mejoramiento de la vivienda y en temas enfocados a reconocer las dinámicas sociales entorno a la conformación de la vivienda, de la infraestructura y los espacios públicos en los sectores autoconstruidos, como herramientas para generar soluciones sostenibles que se adapten a las necesidades de las comunidades y a las exigencias medioambientales actuales. Trabajos de terreno en: Bogotá (Colombia), Mumbai (India), Port Elizabeth (Sudáfrica), Sao Paulo (Brasil), Dhaka (Bangladés) y Manila (Filipinas), Seúl

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