What are you working on at the moment that most inspires you?
We have a lot of different projects we are juggling, from residential houses to public projects, and these are what keep the studio going. Yet what I am most focused on, what inspires me most, is a mini-city that I am developing outside Paraty, a former fishing village set along the coast between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. At the moment it is all on paper, it hasn’t become real yet, but it is my vision of a new way for people to live in Brazil. The way people are crammed into cities like Rio and São Paulo and the quality of life that they put up with isn’t sustainable anymore. With this ‘mini-ciudade’ (mini-city), I want to show them that there is a different way of living in community while connecting to the land, a way of escaping the excesses of consumption of modern society. I am working with a variety of experts, looking at everything from education to how to dispose of garbage. We have incredible social injustice in Brazil and we also have an incredible amount of land. It doesn’t make sense anymore for the land to be divided into big private estates: We need to use it differently. I can’t do it by myself though, I am just one piece of the puzzle. This project near Paraty is a first step, but in reality, the project has no limits; if it is successful, it could be replicated in any part of the Brazilian countryside.