The crowdfunding campaign for the “Within Formal Cities” project–created by North Carolina State University architecture graduates Abe Drechsler and Brian Gaudio–ends this Thursday, August 14th, 2014, at 11:59 PT. Supported in part by the Duda Traveling Fellowship, the duo is raising an additional $7,000 to help produce a short documentary series and online publication of their research into informal South American communities. With $4,000 raised thus far, every donation–no matter how big or small–will help produce valuable outcomes from their research.
Our goal is to share stories and designs from informal communities in 5 cities in South America: Bogota, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. We will document everything from self-built houses in the favelas of Rio, to government projects designed by world famous architects. Along with drawing and photographing the buildings, we will interview designers, professors, and community organizers to bring to light the creativity in which South American cities are dealing with the global housing crises. We will also create a short documentary series and online publication and present our work through a physical exhibit and lecture to bring awareness to these issues. Through this work we can challenge the next generation of architects and designers to do more, to bring good design to those who need it!