Boulevard da Paz is a site with extreme changes in topography, located on the outskirts of southern Sao Paulo city. The area lacks nearby employment opportunities and has problems with physical access along steep slopes. Water control is also an important issue as stormwater creates the risk of landslides.
I hope to use Boulevard da Paz’s topography to its advantage – creating an economically and environmentally productive space for the favela residents. I am proposing the introduction of agricultural terracing along steep valleys that are currently unusable – growing high value crops to generate income and create jobs, reinforcing the slopes to prevent landslides and using gravity to treat agricultural and urban wastewater runoff.