Spatial Practices Rio Project
Students and five professors from Spatial Practices joined local university students from PUC-Rio for a two week intensive project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was hosted at Studio X Rio. Students worked collaboratively with locally based architects and designers on a ‘live’ site to develop new primary school furniture for Jongo da Serrinha, an NGO dedicated to promoting culture and youth education as well as preserving the tradition of the Jongo, and afro-brazilian music and dance expression which is one of the roots of Samba.
The NGO is currently building a new headquarters, named Casa do Jongo (Jongo's House), where their activities will be concentrated. Therefore the objective is to produce creative low cost pieces, which respond to the specific needs, wants and requirements of the users that will occupy the various spaces located in and around the new headquarters. Designs and prototypes should respond to the idea of domesticity - as defined by Jongo da Serrinha - and be made from the reuse of locally sourced ready-made objects, combined with both traditional Brazilian construction techniques and digital fabrication methods.
The time was spent on both research and development work as well as production of 1:1 furniture prototypes, informed by research into Oscar Niemeyer's and Darcy Ribeiro's CIEP primary schools for school buildings to be opened up to the wider community. The work coincided with an exhibition about public education, which also featured the CIEPs at the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR).
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