Content tagged: design activism


Content type: Project
Date added: 27.01.2014

Anti-Homeless Ramp

The anti-homeless ramp is a jarring intervention in the landscape of Sao Paulo. Designed by Andrea Matarazzo, then Sao Paulo’s Secretary of Services, the ramp was first implemented in 2005. The Inter-American Development Bank, as part of the Central Area Rehabilitation Program, funded its design and development. Made out of concrete, the ramp covers the area between the sidewalk and the cover of tunnels/viaducts where people found shelter before. Its surface is sufficiently angled and rough so that no one can sleep on it. The anti-homeless ramp is deliberately practical: it evicts homeless people from the city’s centre.
This project was supported by the Programa Brasil Arte Contemporânea, the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo and the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.
Graziela Kunsch is a Brazilian artist and Rafi Segal is a US based architect and writer.


Content type: Project
Date added: 24.07.2012

Familiar Site

The project uses the familiar typology of the garden fence, not to exclude or defend but to enable and announce. In 2009 volunteers from the neighbourhood built a 180m white picket fence around a closed-off demolition site left by a major urban renewal scheme in a working-class neighbourhood of Eindhoven. Replacing the existing construction fence by an enlarged copy of one of the demolished garden fences changed the appearance of both the terrain and the street and turned an anonymous gap into a familiar site. This simple intervention literally returned the space to the neighbourhood. The act of enclosing it, opened it up as temporary neighbourhood park, a new public space for the community.
Vincent Wittenberg is a Dutch designer working with the latent potential of locations.