+ Um Teto para meu País (a roof for my country)
We are a non-profit organization run by university students and young professionals that through the construction of transitional houses, works with families in extreme poverty in a social inclusion process that will allow them to develop as a sustainable community (Originally started in Chile, now spreading widely in Sao Paulo and Brazil)
I was telling them of a few other amazing projects going on in Sao Paulo, which I found out about last year at the TRANSITION NETWORK CONFERENCE, earlier article previously posted here outlines that: Transition and Big Cities
Here is an excellent audio, via transitionradio, from the Brazilians at the conference:
Attached is a recording of a session titled Forests invading cities: Latest on Brazil turning the tide which was led by May East, Monica Picavea, and Isabela de Menezes and held on 10th July 2011 at the UK Transition Network Conference in Liverpool.
Anyway, here is just a quick post to some of the audios and further issues of whats going on in the world of transition in the big big cities.
Special word has to be made for a FANTASTIC presentation (that could have gone on all day, but we were limited to an hour and a half) from whats going on in Brazil.
It was a sizzling Saturday morning in December when members of the low low-income Brasilândia community of 247.000 people in São Paulo, gathered with great expectancy for the official unleashing of ‘Transixion’ Brasilândia. Led by the initiating group created earlier in May by members of the Stickel Foundation, with representatives from the arts community, environmental groups, health workers, educators, local authority the first part of the morning was dedicated to celebrate a remarkable chain of achievements.
May East Executive Director of UN’s CIFAL Scotland and it’s Green Dreams project (among many other sustainability programmes) is convinced humanity and the world’s biosphere’s future is in transition for urban areas, and dreams of every village, town and city in the world becoming one over the next twenty years.
Over and out from dunk and juan from the Transition conference.
Thanks Natali and Ana, see you soon in Brazil, PS, Natali, those videos about the indymedia network and alternative media networks are here: N30: The day the political landscape changed forever
Since arriving to Curitiba, I am even more impressed and inspired by the goings on here. In fact, my wife and myself Tania, have got involved with many exciting initiaves, here are a few: Curitiba, CicloIguaçu
CicloIguaçu were founded in May 2011 in Curitiba with a clear purpose: To create an interface for constructive dialogue with the government in order to strengthen the development of bicycle mobility policies. They were key organizers of the incredible #FMB3 (3rd World Bicycle Forum) in February, have a city centre HQ; Bicicletaria Cultural, are leading a collaborative design process for a new urban park, have just created a “Bicimechanic office”, and are a major voice inside the government for the defence of the cyclists’ interests. Once a month they ride their streets on kick ass bike rides.
And now, just 1 of the projects from the CicloIguacu network: Praça de bolso do ciclista (cyclist pocket park)
Get your hands dirty, get involved, work with others, make friends, have great times… RECREATE YOUR CITY.
The collaborative design project for a new pocket park in Curitiba: Praça de bolso do ciclista, is nearly ready. Over the following 6 weekends there will be weekend building work happening, starting this saturday. We, the citizens of the city, will build OUR square. Anyone can be involved, so get down, check it out, get invovled…
Let your city become the change that you want to see in the world…
And lastly, the HQ of the bike world, the little hub of radical creativity, across the road from the new public park, invited me to give a talk a few weeks back: Adventures in architecture