Image credit: Instituto Fazendinhand

Please join CSU as we welcome our guest speaker Ester Carro, and moderator Mariana Rodriguez Orte on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 from 12 PM – 1 PM ET for our next Green Cities Event in 2024!

Abstract: The case study of Instituto Fazendinhando’s development pertains to the area known as Fazendinha, a former landfill and one of the few open spaces in the Jardim Colombo community of São Paulo, Brazil. This area has undergone a collective urban requalification project, focusing on the methodology developed for initial interventions and its participatory process. The emphasis lies on strategies aimed at fostering residents’ sense of belonging towards the project and subsequently fostering community development. The positive outcomes of this collective endeavor are underscored, showcasing how the community has revitalized its collective memory and reclaimed the identity and heritage of the area.

Image credit: Instituto Fazendinhand

Image credit: Instituto Fazendinhand

Speaker: Ester Carro

Ester Carro

Featured in Forbes Under 30 in 2023 in the design category (architecture and urbanism), Ester Carro has achieved remarkable success in her academic and professional pursuits. She secured the first place in the selection process of the Postgraduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (PPGAU-FAU MACK), where she now serves as a professor. Ester holds a master’s degree in design, production, and management of urban space (2019), with a focus on urban planning from FIAM-FAAM Centro Universitário. Additionally, she is a specialist in Social Urbanism (2021) from Insper and in Housing and City (2021) from Escola da Cidade.

Since 2017, Ester has served as the president of Fazendinhando, an institute dedicated to territorial, socio-environmental, and cultural transformation within favelas, particularly in her hometown area. Her efforts were recognized in 2021 by the IAB-SP (Brazilian Institute of Architects – São Paulo) in the category of urbanism, planning, and cities, and in 2023 with the Socio-Environmental Responsibility Award from the Chamber of Councilors of the city of São Paulo.

Internationally, Ester has garnered recognition from esteemed figures such as the Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Francis Kéré, and Vogue editions in New York, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan in 2022. She recently received tribute from CAU/BRAZIL for her significant contributions to democratizing access to architecture and urbanism for populations in situations of social vulnerability. Additionally, Ester was honored with the VEJA SP Special Award for the Motirõ space at CASACOR-SP 2023 and was featured as one of the 100 extraordinary Brazilian women in the book “Histórias de Ninar para Garotas Rebeldes,” published by Editora Planeta in 2023.

Ester’s achievements extend to her participation in the 12th International Architecture Biennial as an exhibitor with the “Contributions to another narrative” project, showcased at the Vergueiro Cultural Center in 2019. She also contributed as a researcher in Insper’s FutureArqCities Laboratory, focusing on the “Women and Territories” nucleus from 2020 to 2022, served as a public servant at the Secretariat of Economic and Labor Development in 2019, and held a fellowship at Avenues School.

Moderator/Host: Mariana Rodriguez Orte

Marianna Rodriguez Orte

Mariana, CSU VP of Green Cities, is a NYC based architect and holds a Master in Urban Design and PhD (c) in Architecture and Urban Studies. She has experience working in urban planning, design and architecture in the UK, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile and the US. She has worked on a wide range of projects for both the private and public sector such as masterplanning, private housing and office developments, high-end retail, project management, regional plans, coastal management, historical districts and suburban retrofitting. She is currently a professor of Ecology at Ort University in Uruguay.


Learning Objectives:

a) Demonstrate the significance of open spaces within favelas, where such areas are limited.

b) Illustrate the efficacy of grassroots participation as a means to endorse the conservation of urban open spaces and environmental preservation zones.

c) Introduce technical methodologies for the design and administration of open space maintenance within communities stemming from precarious urban settlements

Sponsor Organization for Green Cities:

Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, UN-Habitat, AIA New York, AIANY Planning & Urban Design, the NGO Committee on Sustainable  Development-NY, Habitat Professionals Forum for Sustainable Cities, Creative Exchange Lab, Global Urban Development (GUD), and  the Columbia University Center for Buildings, Infrastructure & Public Space (CBIPS)

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