[Re]Building Community on Top of the World
The view is pretty awesome -- spanning mountains we're pretty sure were drawn by Dr Seuss. Zoom in to raw earth falling down steep green slopes. And then you realize, the Once-ler was never here and this isn't a drawing.
What you're seeing is the aftermath of the unprecedented rains that fell between January 11-12, 2011. What you're not seeing are the nearly 3000 homes in the Vale do Cuiabá that were completely destroyed during the event, leaving thousands of people either displaced and/or homeless.
So, what are we doing here?
As part of larger reconstruction efforts, Architecture for Humanity and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona recently completed a design studio and on-site workshop. The team met with project partners, stakeholders and members of the community to explore solutions for a public community and sports facility near the city of Pétropolis, heavily destroyed by the floods.
In the coming months, Architecture for Humanity Intern, Carolina Libardi, will work with the local project team to develop the design for the sport and recreation center -- a hub for a new 61-unit post-disaster housing development and a go-to place for members of and visitors to the greater community.
Did someone say can I get a picnic with that futebol?