sao paolo - brazil


The focus and starting point of this year-long conceptual investigation was the village of Eucalyptos near Sao Paolo, where domestic architecture and urban planning take a decisively informal and autonomous expression. The built environment in Eucalyptos is shaped without architects or professional builders. Rather, fundamental components of architecture are fluidly assembled in what appears to be a random manner; these are in fact strongly driven by the inhabitant's needs and economic means, and by physical adjacencies to other buildings or natural features. Selecting and isolating one particular building allowed for a more detailed and specific analysis of its structure and form. By using photography, model-making, mapping and drawings not only to document the typical building details, but also to remove the building itself from its context, it was possible to reveal and emphasize the seemingly invisible forces that helped shape its form.