Department of the History of Art & Visual Culture
University of California at Santa Cruz
Architecture, Public Space, and Social Inequality in Sao Paulo"
Friday April 16
12:00 PM, Cullen 37
Since the 1990s, high-profile architectural and cultural initiatives have popped up in the middle of crime-ridden, dilapidated neighborhood of Luz, in Sao Paulo. The district, nicknamed "Crackland" for its drug problems, has become home to cutting-edge urban design and adaptive-reuse projects.
While the government attempts to refashion the area into a Cultural Pole, the population- including slum inhabitants, homeless, street vendors, and mass-transit commuters- has been further segregated. Local social movements, however, have found ways to demand a more demographic and divers city by transforming the meanings, perceptions, and images of buildings and urban space.