From Favela to Gated Community

John Hill
5. June 2015
Photo: Courtesy of Vigliecca & Associados

The Architectural Review presents a 10-minute film by filmmaker Antonio Brasiliano and journalist Ursula Troncoso on Vigliecca & Associados's Parque Novo Santo Amaro V in São Paulo, which has evolved substantially since its 2012 completion.

Architect Héctor Vigliecca explains what he wanted to do with the project, namely giving residents of the project better housing but also a public space, a place for leisure also accessible to other people in the area. But as the residents explain, the new park is popular but also being vandalized by those who do not live in the development. Therefore they want to turn something created ideastically as an open place to one that is gated.

At its most direct, "From favela to gated community" is a portrait of how an architect's intentions are not always aligned with the reality that occurs after a project's completion. The input of both sides – the architect and the residents – in the documentary reiterates this condition, while rising issues of public/private and security that could apply to other places as well.

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