Durante a pesquisa sobre design brasileiro que comecei com a minha tese de mestrado conheci vários designers que, em todo o país, têm trabalhado em projectos de “design com comunidades”. Com equipas, filosofias, abordagens e taxas de sucesso muito diversas – de que já abordei em palestras e neste artigo para a revista Projeto Design –, estes projectos têm mostrado ser uma componente importante da prática do design no Brasil do século XXI. A Gente Transforma é o mais ambicioso e potencialmente influente destes projectos. Continue reading A Gente Transforma
De que forma é que a prática, a cobertura jornalística, a curadoria e a crítica académica do design brasileiro estão a misturar origem com identidade, oportunidade social com oportunismo de design, ’gambiarra‘ com inovação frugal, realidade com estereótipo? É sobre isto que falarei dia 15 de Novembro de 2011 na Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, como participante do próximo Observatório da África e América Latina do Próximo Futuro.
O Brasil é hoje mais do que uma nação tropical de praia, samba e futebol. É uma superpotência do século 21. Está por isso na hora de o mundo, ou pelo menos o mundo do design, prestar a devida atenção ao design brasileiro. Mas também está na hora de os designers brasileiros tratarem o seu povo, um de seus principais valores, com o respeito que ele merece. Continue reading O fator favela
A few days before I arrived in Rio, Zoë Melo, who since we met in New York in 2009 became a good friend and one of my project’s “godmothers”, suggested I should meet the guys from Fibra Design Sustentável. I did, if only had a chance to talk with one of them, Bruno Temer. I immediately knew they were something else; we had lunch on one of the very last days of my 1-month research trip – by then I had met and interviewed a ton of people and was starting to get an idea of what I was interested in finding out more about Brazilian product and furniture design, but nothing prepared me for the frankness, fairness and ambition both Bruno and his other partners have shared with me over transatlantic email and skype conversations. Continue reading A Material World
The image above is the first slide of my latest talk on Brazilian design, which I delivered on April 7th in Salamanca, Spain. It reads: “Fruit hats or frugal innovation? The contemporary challenges of Brazilian design.” In the last six months I’ve had the pleasure of speaking about my findings and reflections on Brazilian design in four cities and rather different contexts. Continue reading Speaking about Brazilian design
On our last morning in Montreal, Becky Quintal and I paid a short visit to the Canadian Center for Architecture bookstore just before heading to the airport. Even though we spent a whole week inside CCA’s building, we left a visit to what is one of the best architecture bookstores anywhere to the very last minute – on purpose, as we could only afford so many impulse purchases. I came in allowing myself to leave only with a few postcards, but couldn’t resist picking up Richard J. Williams’ Brazil: Modern Architectures in History. If only all impulse purchases were this gratifying. Continue reading Brazil: Modern Architectures in History
On April 30th, graduates of the MFA Design Criticism inaugural class presented their thesis projects at Crossing the Line: the 2010 D-Crit Conference. I was the third to present, and in 9 minutes I talked about my research, findings and future ideas about Brazilian product and furniture design and social change. Continue reading Alvorada in 9 Minutes
During my first week in São Paulo last July, I couldn’t help but notice how so many residential buildings in São Paulo had their names set in the same typeface. I found it really intriguing, and it also reminded me of a blogpost architecture critic and D-crit teacher Alexandra Langehad written a few days earlier about house numbers in her Brooklyn neighborhood. Continue reading House Type