Rodrigo Solé, MUP 2018

Summer 2017

Organization: RADDAR, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sponsor: International Travel Community Service Fellowship

“The second week of the workshop utilized an on-the-ground approach to physical mapping to bring legitimacy to a territory which is extremely difficult to navigate and has an outstanding array of local businesses, self-built facilities, and infrastructure. On the other hand, mapping was used as a vehicle to empower its people.

It allowed them to participate in the process of representing their community in a map that not only will help to inform policies and public intervention,  but will also acknowledge their significant socioeconomic role within the metropolitan region.

By the end of the week, the workshop successfully mapped ten blocks of the Antonico neighborhood. This represents the biggest territorial extension measured by number of built structures as well as population.


Utilizing drone-mapping and field work, we gathered information by the number of stories per building, the set of uses for each, as well as data regarding the physical environment such as trees, open dumpsters, street lighting and other assets which constitute the public realm of the favela.

Through qualitative mapping, we implemented a community survey to understand the perception of the residents regarding the provision of space for leisure and health. We also inquired about their opinions on security.

250 questionnaires represented the sample with a 95% confidence level to begin to draw statistical information from qualitative analysis and demographics to compare where Paraisópolis stands in relation to other informal settlements in the region.

The following steps involve coding and mapping the gathered data into an open sourced database.

Simultaneously, the planning of strategies to produce evidence will be paramount to develop a platform which involves the local community with interested stakeholders to fund small to mid-size interventions in the territory.

It is relevant to note that the students of Paraisópolis showed an outstanding commitment to the workshop and their neighborhood.

This behavior speaks highly of a robust and healthy social capital but also is uplifting amidst the panorama of the recession that has affected Brazil in recent months.”