a blog with cultural bulimia.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Color me happy.


 The Heliópolis community is one of São Paulo's crowded shantytowns, with around 100,000 inhabitants and 2,000 small businesses such as bakers and groceries. Life was gloom. And not pretty. The architet Ruy Ohtake said in an interview that it was the ugliest place in São Paulo.

Some of the people that live there went after the architect and chalenged him to help them change that perception and together they came up with the project "A Cor em Heliópolis" and by simply using color they have changed the slum externally AND internally. People are now proud of their homes and there is a renewed sense of community.