Refresca São Paulo
Urban Urge Awards Proposal
Water security meets recreation in Sao Paulo’s slums by capturing and storing rainwater communally. We propose a community system of rainwater collection that works with the precipitation patterns of the region in order to have water for irrigation all year round, and water for recreational purposes in the hottest months. In accordance with the homeowners, we help get together to install and customize the rainwater harvesting system that consists of tanks, hoses, gutters, and organize inflatable wading pool events. In February 2014 thermometers registered 36,4°C during the day, the hottest february since 1943.
Climate comfort and leisure are proposed by greening slums with vertical gardens made of recyclable materials (bamboo, plastic bottles) and fruit vines. As well as the dual use of the rainwater tanks as a pot for banana trees and passion fruit vines, that are an important part of the Brazilian diet. By doing that we also contribute to the community’s food security and livelihood. In addition, we aim to green-insulate houses and help prevent heat morbidity and deaths of elderly.