Mutirões Florestan Fernandes e José Maria Amaral

Mutirões Florestan Fernandes e José Maria Amaral are currently under construction. The proximity of these autogestão projects to adjacent city and state-owned housing, which were developed by the for-profit market, highlight the vast disparities in quality of construction. The autogestão projects are bigger, made from more sustainable and longlasting materials, and designed to fit the needs and desires of residents. This project in particular is noteworthy for its far-reaching accessibility design: in order to integrate accessibility into the design as opposed to creating separate access for residents who need it, a winding path weaves between the buildings. Once completed, the project will boast 396 units total.

The Process

Design Method with Coordination: The first discussions were with the coordination of the association, from the identification of land and the discussion of design possibilities. Proposals were taken to the assembly and returned to the coordinating committee. Support materials included plans, presentations, and models.

Project Method with Families: Decisions are based on suggestions from the coordinators, the TA presentations, 3D images of the project, and models to illustrate the proposal in assembly. The technical advisors returned with ideas and when there was consensus, families decided on the final proposal.

Mutual Aid: Each family participates for 2 working days per month, performing mildly specialized tasks that do not involve working at great heights, until the closing of the buildings. In addition, the surveillance of the land and the work itself is done by the families themselves in rotation.

Site Plan

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Unit Plans

"It’s all women, all the work and coordination."

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