Urban Age Award 2008 Sao Paulo

The winning project of the 2nd Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which was presented in São Paulo on 03 December 2008, is a cooperation between residents and students which was awarded because of the way it established a method for interaction between the social and the physical, between the built and the lived, right in the heart of the city.

São Paulo faces major problems related to the lack of infrastructure — from electricity and water to education and culture. Urbanisation has fragmented the city, producing urban wastelands and residual spaces of different natures; it has also polarized wealth. This urbanisation process has created both a verifiable lack of quality spaces for human coexistence, and unused space with the potential to host urban creative practices.
Sao Paulo
São Paulo city centre with favelas
The 133 initiatives which applied for the 2008 Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award were concentrated primarily in the central area of São Paulo and showed how self-organization responds to urgent needs, generating quality collective spaces that encourage community participation. The projects test the collective use of space through cultural, arts, and education production, as well as the creation of recreational opportunities, recycling alternatives, social housing, etc.
Edificio Uniao
The winning project Edificio União.
Edificio Uniao
Jury members with residents of the award winning project 'Edificio União'.
The winning project Edificio União (Union Building) is a high-rise in the center of the city, formerly occupied by squatters, which has been successfully converted into residences for forty-two families, including a communal space. Working with a variety of partners, students from São Paulo’s Faculty of Architecture initiated a project to ‘de-densify’ the building. Over 30 of the 73 families squeezed into the building were re-housed. Together with the remaining residents, the site was cleaned, new kitchens and bathrooms were fitted, a collective power grid installed, and the exterior of the building improved. In the center of São Paulo, an area of the city best provided with infrastructure, the project allows its residents to remain near jobs, schools, and social amenities. The project serves as an outstanding example of what community empowerment can do for people who want to live closer to their workplaces in the city center. The project is a successful alternative to social housing practice models in São Paulo, and it also differs from the other gated communities by blurring the traditional boundaries between private and public. Edificio União received the award prize money of 100,000 USD.
Bio Urban

Jeff Anderson's project Bio Urban was one of three projects recognized with a Special Mention and a 5 000 USD remuneration.

In addition, the international jury singled out three projects for special mention: the “Cooperativa de Reciclagem Nova Esperança” reclycing initiative in the peripheral Vila Nova district; the "BioUrban" urban intervention scheme in the Mauro favela; and the “Instituto ACAIA"’s project for an arts workshop and public space interventions in favelas in the Vila Leopoldina. Considering the high quality of the projects, the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation decided to reward the three finalists with 5 000 USD each.
Instituto ACAIA

 The Instituto ACAIA by Elisa Bracher and Ana Christina Camargo in the Vila Leopoldina also received a Special Mention.

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