Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sao Paulo: More reuse and sustainability
Plaza Victor Civitas is an educational project that demonstrates a number of urban sustainability strategies on the site of an old waste incinerator. A restored and reused building currently hosts a history and environmental museum - detailing the past and problems of waste incineration on the site - and will soon include a cafe and art gallery. The surrounding grounds have structures made of sustainably harvested wood, rainwater collection and treatment, solar and wind energy harvesting, a composting facility, and a range of gardens growing plants for phytormediation of the toxic grounds (plants that break-down the toxic remnants of the site's past stored in its soil) and biofuels. The signage throughout the plaza is incredibly well done, providing a basic overview of each issue and how it impacts the City on a larger scale, as well as how the various strategies work to address local, citywide, and global environmental problems.