Heliopolis workshops in São Paulo

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In collaboration with Useful Simple Projects and LEEP Architects, Useful Studio visited Sao Paulo in October to conduct a four-day programme of workshops with the local social, urban and architectural teams to develop proposals for a sustainable social housing development in Heliopolis, one of the city’s largest favelas.

The first day centered around defining the context and background of the project, before the team visited the site and several recent social housing developments in the surrounding area on the second day.  The team then spent a day applying and testing the sustainable objectives, process and design principles on the Heliopolis site.  A symposium on the final day showcased best-practice housing developments and sustainable technologies in the UK and shared ideas for how the pilot project can become an exemplar for sustainable development in Brazil.

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