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Wherever You Find People

The Radical Schools of Oscar Niemeyer, Darcy Ribeiro, and Leonel Brizola

Wherever There Is People tells the unusual story of the Integrated Centres of Public Education (CIEP), a radical but relatively unstudied public architecture initiative in Rio de Janeiro in 1982. Conceived by the world-renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, the intellectual and politican Darcy Ribeiro, and state governor Leonel Brizola, the program addressed the massive urban migration that Rio de Janeiro was experiencing at that time, which spurred demand for new schools. As a result of the experimental program, over five hundred CIEP schools were built using a standardized system of simple concrete parts.

Based upon extensive interviews with key people associated with the project past and present, including Architect Jair Valera, Niemeyer’s primary collaborator, and Claudia Costin, the Rio city secretary of education, Wherever There Is People tells the story of this unprecedented project. Alongside candid conversations, the book features never-before-seen photography and drawings, as well as essays that examine the CIEP’s story as a guide to how architecture can embrace the constraints and conditions of the modern world. The result is a vivid documentary of a unique but relatively unknown piece of socially driven public architecture, with valuable lessons for the future.

176 pages | 25 color plates, 45 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2016

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
In the Rear-View Mirror
            Foreword, Vicky Richardson
            Animating Education, Aberrant Architecture
            Schools That Are (like) Wings, Ligia Nobre
            Learning By Numbers: Map of CIEPs
            Why Build Public Schools? Shumi Bose
            Inventing Other Stories: A Conversation with Aberrant Architecture
Chapter 2
Fazimentos: Those Who Did
            Leonel Brizola, The State Governor
            Carmen Rangel & Laurinda Barbosa, The Coordinators
Chapter 3
A Fabric Of Schools
            Oscar Niemeyer, The Architect
            Washington Fajardo, The Urban Planner
            Ricardo Henriques, The Economist
            Carlos Niemeyer, The Archivist
            Lauro Cavalcanti, The Curator
Chapter 4
The Equation To Be Solved
            José Carlos Süssekind, The Engineer
            Jair Valera, The Architect
Chapter 5
The Pedagogical Adventure
            Darcy Ribeiro, The Anthropologist
Chapter 6
The School is Yours
            Carmen Barretto, The Teacher
            Renata Carneiro, The Director
            Leonardo Peixoto & Silvestre, The Teacher & The Social Parent
Chapter 7
The CIEP is The Channel
            Lenita Vilela, The Director
            Carlos Eduardo, The Policeman
Chapter 8
This Idea, It’s Magic
            Claudia Costin & Rafael Parente, The Politicians
            Can Good Architecture Be One-Size-Fits-All?
            Alastair Donald, Aberrant Architecture
            Always More To Learn, Aberrant Architecture
            Postscript, Beatrice Galilee

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