The 2017 Loeb Fellows joined the studio trip to Brazil for Felipe Correa’s course São Paulo: the Rescaling of Rail Infrastructure and New Models of Domestic Life. Mark Lamster presents the trip in photos.
A few weeks ago, the Loeb fellowship returned from its annual spring studio trip, to Sao Paulo, Brazil, a city most of us had never before visited but to which we all, it is safe to say, hope to return. Among our fist experiences there was a tour by helicopter, a good way to see a city that seems to go on forever in every direction, with thirty story towers as far as the eye can see, and precious little green space. From above, you can appreciate the almost preposterous density of the city and its indecipherable network of roads and highways. Sao Paulo is unlike American cities in that there is only the thinnest of barriers–a road, a wall, nothing at all–between wealthy sectors, poor sectors, industrial sectors, and commercial sectors. Favelas, jury rigged but calcified, are wedged into the wavy topography. Sao Paulo is built into hills, which means you live it in three dimensions, roads often winding up, down, and around before finding their way back to straight and losing it again. In architecture terms, you experience it both in plan and in section. Across this great man-made landscape are spaces of surprising joy and color and inventiveness. The city has an especially rich tradition of building in concrete, a material that carries with it not just plastic possibility but a sense of Brazilian national pride. Here are a few photographic impressions of this extraordinary place.