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.