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Our ‘Other Territories’ exhibition is almost there!

The opening will be on April 27 at 11am and will run until June 2, at the Viaduto das Artes (Arts Overpass) in Belo Horizonte. There will be 26 works selected for the Urban Intervention Call on the stilts of Buritis neighborhood, as well as the promotion of debates about important issues related to the city, urban art and urban landscape, lighting, real estate architecture and much more.

 Other Territories – the exhibition at Viaduto das Artes
Curator / Expography: Vazio S/A
Graphic design (OT folder): Marconi Drummond
Printing: Digital Artwork
Press Office: Blank Space
Support: IAB-MG, Viaduto das Artes, ASBAI
Sponsor: Banco Mercantil do Brasil
Viaduct of Arts
Av. Olinto Meireles, 45, Barreiro, 30620-330 Belo Horizonte

Other Territories – the international call 
Organizers: Coletivo Aurora, Eduardo de Jesus, Vazio S/A
Concept: Vazio S/A
Jury: Bráulio Lara (ABB), Davide Sacconi, Eduardo de Jesus, Fracisca Caporali, Lúcia Koch, Marcos Franchini
Graphic Design: Marconi Drummond
Webdesign: Aline Coutinho
Legal Advisor: Fialho Salles Advogados
Press Office: Blank Space, Anagram
Support: Belotur, IAB-MG, Viaduto das Artes, ASBAI, Young Bird Plan
Sponsor: Banco Mercantil do Brasil



Published in 2017, Ode to the Void is sold out since March 2019; a new print is due soon.

The texts in this book were previously published in the Vitruvius online journal by architect Carlos M Teixeira. The more incisive of them is “The True Nature of Brasilia,” a praise to the cerrado (a Brazilian savannah) and a dreamlike reverse way of seeing the city: Brasília did not conquer the cerrado – on the contrary, the cerrado has conquered the city (or it is about to conquer it). Despite the Pilot Plan’s superquadras begging for more architectural substance, what actually happens is that the voids are much more eloquent than the solids: it is a sparse city amid of a sea of grass that should be reconsidered by the potential of these ignored weeds, which are the insidious and real protagonists of that landscape.

The book is a joint publication of Romano Guerra Editora (São Paulo, Brazil) and Nhamerica Platform (Austin, United States) and is part of the Latin America: Thought series, coordinated by Abilio Guerra, Fernando Lara and Silvana Romano.

Pictured: “The True Nature of Brasilia”




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The result of the OT Call was a great surprise for all of us who self-initiated this work: almost 300 registrations were received, and 101 proposals were submitted!

Since February 12, all the projects evaluated by the jury are showcased in the Call’s online Gallery.

The next step is the expography for the show in Viaduto das Artes, whose opening date will be announced soon. All selected proposals and mentions will be part of the exhibit; eventually other entries, too. Soon these teams will be contacted by email.

The second step will be the fundraising for the effective implementation of Phase 2 of the OT project.

We hope to meet all the participants of the Call and all other interested parties (from Buritis neighborhood, from Belo Horizonte, from other cities, from other countries) at the opening at Viaduto das Artes, when we will continue this discussion.

Image: Nuvem (Cloud), by Juliana Sicuro Corrêa, Vitor Garcez and Larissa Monteiro – one of the seven finalist proposals selected by the jury.

+info: Outros Territorios


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see also: H3o Park



Sobre-Aricanduva is a showcase of urban art through an installation to be carried out over the river Aricanduva – one of the main tributaries of the Tietê – in a stretch that will be covered by a temporary metal structure. It is in Penha, east side of São Paulo.

The main instrument of transformation of the project is the activation of one of the few natural elements of the city – more specifically, the Aricanduva – by means of the assembly of a temporary square over the beams of the canal, and of a suspended garden that will be watered with the Aricanduvas’s own water through a natural filtration process. And, in this way, seeks to awaken in the city’s residents a simple question: why not celebrate the river through an event right over it? Why not rediscover São Paulo’s rivers?

+ Info: Over-Aricanduva

Palácio das Artes

Palacio das Artes is the largest cultural center of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Its facilities include three theaters, four art galleries, dance school, music school, and also a resident symphony orchestra and resident dance company. Opened in the 1970s, the building has since undergone several improvised interventions and the result is a characterless building with several thoughtless changes to the original design. Vazio S/A was invited to propose a refurbishment project which seeks the upgrading of existing elements without any built area increase. Its main change will be the opening of the building to the adjacent Municipal Park.



Arrudas canal: a dirty riverside imagined as an underground garden.
+info: Sub-Arrudas



New York City is known for its grid. But in fact, narrow, triangular or very small lots can be found throughout the city. These lots are produced by diagonal streets, easements, and historical conditions before the grid. The lots, due to their atypical dimensions and area, as well as current zoning regulations, remain unused. Irregular Developments, a project by Only If Architecture, identifies and catalogs these uneven and weird properties throughout New York City, and speculates on their potential through models that demonstrate, at one and the same time, their possibilities and impossibilities. The result is an architecture both absurdly mercantilist and deliberately fanciful.

+info: Irregular Developments, Only If Architecture


It’s tomorrow! Lab Session lectures in Porto (Portugal), with participation of Carlos (Vazio S/A), followed by several SuperBocks.


Hong Kong’s “dragon gates” are a series of skyscraper gaps that allow dragons to fly from mountains to sea through gigantic residential high-rises. In a city where the cost of a flat’s square meter can reach more than US$ 35.000, these tycoon voids are both capitalist and premodern.

From Its Mouth Came to River of High End Residential Appliances (Jon Wang, 2018) is a short film where the narrator relates his personal involvement with geomancy, remote-selves, and therianthropy (the mythical ability to change forms) in Hong Kong. And it is also a study of the ambiguity of real state architecture since, in some rare cases, it can agree and disagree, acquiesce and denounce, be an accomplice and betrayer of the hegemonic policies of the housing market.

It has long been said that these rectangular gateways obey the purposes of feng shui, the ancient Chinese system that calls happiness and fortune through the environment of an individual. Such openings would act as a portal to the monsters that live in the forests just behind the towers – blocking the dragons’ path to the waters of Hong Hong Bay could bring unhappiness to the residents of those colossi.

Now, are these such generous voids really for dragons?

From Its Mouth Came to River of High End Residential Appliances – Vimeo link

Other Territories


Vazio S/A, Coletivo Aurora and Eduardo de Jesus have launched the open competition Outros Territórios – International Call for Urban Intervention.

Outros Territórios (Other Territories) is a suite of ephemeral interventions proposed for a hilly neighborhood in Belo Horizonte: Buritis. The plan envisages an instantaneous transformation of the landscape through the simultaneous occupation of the many stilt systems propping up the hillside buildings.

The array of forgotten spaces, ignored for their unsightly strangeness, will be infused with city life through an event that posits an open field of study: the latent possibilities in the existing city. This will be an opportunity to test new ideas, exchange experiences and awaken sensibilities; a way of showing that modest interventions with limited resources can generate lasting change (whether material or institutional) and become instruments through which to devise alternative solutions for the urban recomposition of such a frayed urban fabric as Belo Horizonte’s. Video projections, light art, plays, horticulture, landscape interventions, paintings, objects, ephemeral constructions and extreme sports are just some of the many possible ways these spaces could be occupied.

The interventions will be chosen through a public, international open call for projects and the selected ideas will comprise an exhibition at the left-field venue Viaduto das Artes (Arts Underpass)—Phase I.

Phase II of Other Territories will execute a number of the projects selected during Phase I and organize a free itinerary for visiting the executed works. The idea is to configure a circuit for debate on issues pertaining to the city, explore interfaces between architecture, the visual arts, public lighting and the cityscape, and problematize city management, environmental and architectonic liabilities, urban voids and the real-estate market.

Proponents can register online at any time until close of registration on 22 of January 2019.

Release of the results will be on 29 of January 2019.

Opening of the exhibition will be on March 2019.

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It’s tomorrow! Opening lecture by Daila at the international symposium “The Urban Space and its [Re] Significance” at CAU-Uniube, Uberaba, Brazil.

We are happy with the results of the Tomie Ohtake/Akzo Nobel Prize! The exhibition with the finalist projects was inaugurated last week and remains until September 23 at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo. Our Cerrado House was awarded 3rd place! Among the other winners, who highly honor our placement, are Hector Viglecca and Paulo M da Rocha/MMBB.
Here are some images of the exhibition.

Photos: Ricardo Miyada


There is in Porto an unexplored and expectant world: the so-called secret gardens inside its blocks. An obscure mark of the urban fabric of this city, such urban voids are even more surprising given the location of several of them right in the Center, especially in the historic neighborhoods of Santo Ildefonso and Cedofeita. That is, Porto has hidden and ignored spaces in regions where there is much urban infrastructure and in blocks that have cultural, environmental and architectural values totally unknown even by the portuesenses.
Raising, exploring and cataloging the current state of these inner backyards is a proposal that was presented by Vazio S/A to the City Hall in partnership with the Porto architects Pedro Barata de Castro and Pedro Silva (Anarchlab). The photos below were made during a concert by the Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva in one of these voids as part of the jazz festival Porta Jazz.

In 2017, the mayor of Paris convened the international competition Reinventer Paris, in which architects and developers were encouraged to propose solutions for infrastructures that are not very visible, such as spaces under overpasses, underutilized underground parking lots, reservoirs, and disused subway stations. The latent possibilities of these infrastructures will be revealed to propose a range of public equipments to be installed in the 34 urban voids that compose the contest.

It is a proposal in tune with the approach that Vazio S/A has been researching since 2001: urban activations that start from an existence, from a trouvé object that can have its condition leveraged through interventions that necessarily accept that condition.

Formed by consorcia of architectural firms and developers, the winning entries of Reinventer Paris will be announced shortly.