1. Why plan a project for such inaccessible spaces?
  2. Will the buildings suffer any lasting change?
  3. Will there be a legacy for the city?
  4. Have any similar projects already been implemented?
  5. What other ideas, if any, underpin this Call?
  6. Who is the target public?
  1. Why plan a project for such inaccessible spaces?
  2. The Organizing Committee believes that this is an innovative project that will reap benefits for the city by improving the cityscape of a neighborhood pocked with underused spaces. It is an instigating way of rallying architecture, the visual arts, landscaping and ecology behind an innovative proposal in urban generosity. “Outros Territórios” is, in a nutshell, a project that will unite environmental concern with a restorative and investigative function of the arts in order to flag and attenuate an urban liability that has long gone ignored.

  3. Will the buildings suffer any lasting change?
  4. Some interventions will last only for the duration of the Festival (Phase II), but others might be left in place, depending on the wishes of the residents and pending any necessary approvals from the competent authorities. Projects that have the potential to aggregate material or immaterial value to the building over time can be adopted as permanent fixtures or features.

  5. Will there be a legacy for the city?
  6. Yes, the concepts of legacy and of model intervention are pillars of this event. Naturally, the character of each intervention and its potential permanence among the stilt systems will depend on the residents and other practical factors, but we can only underscore the fact that “Outros Territórios” is imbued through and through with the idea of transformation and, moreover, the desire to propose free, novel ways of tackling specific and local urban problems.

  7. Have any similar projects already been implemented?
  8. Yes. The architecture firm Vazio S/A and theater group Armatrux occupied the stilt structures of two buildings on Stela Hanriot Street for a couple of months on two occasions, first in 2001 and again in 2004. Similar interventions have also been carried out in other cities (see the list of references in the Term of Reference in the session Additional Files).

  9. What other ideas, if any, underpin this Call?
  10. We might say that it acts upon the local from a global viewpoint: the regeneration of urban voids is not exclusive to Buritis, but assails many other contemporary cities and neighborhoods in Brazil and abroad. Another aspect is that the interventions here are considered ephemeral not because they are short-lived, but because the legacy they leave is immaterial. Nevertheless, it’s a legacy capable of catalyzing permanent change. After all, the hope is that no new stilted buildings will be constructed and that those we already have will receive due attention from Belo Horizonte City Hall. A third concept is that the city is an increasingly open field of discussion, where resident participation ought to operate as driver and curator of change.

  11. Who is the target public?
  12. Phase II aims to reach the entire population living, studying, working or merely circulating in the neighborhood of Buritis, regardless of age, gender, class, or ethnicity. In addition to the estimated population of 30 thousand fixed residents in the neighborhood, when we factor in the daily influx of people from the neighboring boroughs (Santa Lúcia, Estoril, Estrela d’Alva, Palmeiras) who depend on the services provided by the local universities and schools, shopping mall and various commercial centers, the number of individuals in Buritis on any given day can reach 100,000 people.

    In Phase I, the project aims to throw open a discussion on the potential of urban eyesores and lacunas, and
    anyone interested in discussing the city, Buritis and the real-estate market from the standpoints of architecture, the visual arts, design, landscaping and the scenic/performing arts, is invited to join in.

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