Monthly Archives: November 2008

Metro Cable: The New Way of Going Up

The importance of this project, beyond its aesthetic and technological addition to the urban landscape of Caracas, Venezuela is its enormous contribution of getting excluded communities ("barrios", the slums of Caracas) to be included. The incorporation of the informal city into a new perception of the formal city that is slowly starting to consider them a part of itself. Excellent work, Urban Think Tank! "The cable car system, which is integrated with the Metro System of Caracas, is 2.1 km in length and employs gondolas holding 8 passengers each. Metro Cable’s capacity allows for the movement of 1,200 people an hour in each direction."

Favela Painting

Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn embarked on a journey to bring outrageous works of art to unexpected places, starting with painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil together with the local youth and with the support of the Firmeza Foundation: "The foundation collaborates with local people to use art to combat prejudice, create sustainable solutions and attract the world’s attention".

By setting a context wherein each step of the creative process is open and community-driven, this project contributes to the sense of awareness and belonging of a place, motivating residents to improve the living environment in their neighbourhoods.

In October 2008 Haas & Hahn finished a 2000 square meter Japanese Style River, painted on a concrete construction, running right through Vila Cruzeiro. The design is made in co-operation with Amsterdam-based tattoo artist Rob Admiraal. Take a look at it and imagine how much your life would change if instead of gray you could get a colourful Japanese river!