Author: Paola Dallarosa
Intructor: Erinton Moraes
University of Caxias do Sul
The Happy Child Association is located in a suburb district of Caxias do Sul, RS, Brazil. The main goal of this association is to generate opportunities for the development of children and teenagers that live in a social vulnerability situation. Inside this context, a proposition of a new headquarters for the HCA was developed. Aiming to create an environment that aids the growth of children so they can be successfully inserted in society, despite the vulnerability in witch they encounter themselves.
Since architecture plays a fundamental role in terms of human development, this project seeks to provide quality environments that are favorable for the development of it’s users, such as spaces that motivate the children’s interest in activities that enrich their quality of life. Art and music workshops, sports activities, and capacitation for job Market are the main goals.
“Haven” was the main concept of this project. The community center is seen by it’s users like a second home, since great part of them live in environments often addressed like favelas and slums. These territories have high populational density, and few spaces of coexistence and interaction with the community. The homes, streets, schools and social centers are the first elements of a city that these children are exposed to, therefore these places provide the experiences and perceptions that will construct the vision of the world around them.
An interaction with the local landscape, alignments, heights and construction materials from the region was pursued. The proposed directives served as a basis for the designing of a project with values such as fostering and care of these children. The principles of the proposal consists in the unification of four sectors: Activities, Administrative, Recreational and Support. These were fundamentals to accomplish the proposed activities by the Happy Child Association.