A novella by bestselling author Paulo Lins (“City of God”) tells the stirring tale of the establishment of the Brazilian favela Mãe Luíza. Fleeing drought and deadly heat, the people there fought for a piece of land to call their own, hoping for a better life. Thanks to their optimism and solidarity, their vision gradually took shape.
Over the past 30 years, the district of Mãe Luíza in Brazil's northeastern city of Natal developed from a desolate favela into a functioning community. From the first humanitarian aid to construction of a gymnasium, this persistent process is outlined in short articles and essays in the second part of this richly illustrated volume. The documentation impressively demonstrates how transformation was achieved step by step with the help of many, laying the groundwork for ongoing progress. Less crime, better education, and a fairer society – much has been accomplished and even more is possible for the future.
Edited by Ion de Andrade, Tomislav Dushanov, Nicole Miescher, Lars Müller
With a contribution by Paulo Lins
With contributions by Ion de Andrade, Loyse Raboud de Andrade, Dulce Bentes, Mô Bleeker, Tomislav Dushanov, Herzog & de Meuron, Erminia Maricato, Nicole Miescher, Verner Monteiro, Raymund Ryan, Andrea Scartazzini, Robério Camilo da Silva, Nicholas Fox Weber
Design: Integral Lars Müller