ACUPOINT is the oldest service we provide. Guided by gatherings and workshops, the community is invited to co-create a project to transform a public space into a relevant space that connects with their identity.
During the process, the participants co-create the urban intervention. This work is based on the belief that every community has the strength and potential to transform their own lives. Different generations are mobilized and work with one another to build something they’ve dreamed together.
By the end, the strengthening of their sense of community, combined with the structural legacy they have built, increases their empowerment to make other initiatives happen.
Let’s transform spaces in communities? Check out some examples of how we can make this happen together!
Partnership: Imerys, 2019 – Campinas (SP)
Engaging people living in Jardim Fernanda II to co-create and build a space of leisure for gathering in the neighborhood.
Throughout 4 months, 20 people took part in the whole process, and the mobilization and building of the new square resulted in:
_ 500 residents with leisure and community gathering areas;
_ 06 community meetings;
_ 80 people working to build the square;
_ 06 benches installed;
_ 222 garden sprouts planted;
_ 04 pieces of playground equipment built.;
Using the AU Methodology to promote cultural activities and workshops to build a new public space. This project was sponsored through a tax incentive law for cultural projects in Brazil.
Partnership: Fundação FEAC, 2018 – Campinas (SP)
Engaging people living in Buraco do Sapo in the co-creation and building of a place of leisure and gathering in the neighborhood.
Over the course of 40 people were part of the whole process, while the mobilization and building of the new square resulted in
_ 400 residents attended with leisure and community gathering areas;
_ 4 community meetings;
_ 150 people working together to build the square;
_ the installing of 10 benches;
_ the building of 01 soccer field;
_ 135 seedlings in a garden;
_ the building of 4 pieces of playground equipment.
Using the AU Methodology to promote cultural activities and workshops to build a new public space in a participatory and empowering way.
Partnership: Carrefour, 2016 – São Paulo (SP)
Promote transformation of the square located in front of Carrefour’s main office, engaging their employees and the surrounding residents to co-create and revitalize the existing area.
With the direct participation of 150 people and hundreds more impacted indirectly:
_ 250 garden sprouts were planted;
_ 6 new benches were installed and existing ones were repaired;
_ an area for hammocks, bins, an area with shade and a gym structure were constructed;
_ outdoor furniture was built and walls and floors were painted.
Using the AU Methodology to promote cultural activities and workshops to build a new public space in a participatory and empowering way, Carrefour staff and the surrounding community were invited to co-create and transform the area any way they wished.
RED BULL DO IT YOURSELF
Partnership: Red Bull, 2015 – São Paulo (SP)
Promote the first Brazilian edition of the Red Bull DIY initiative, including the co-creation and construction of obstacles for street skating in the Vila Guarani Club.
The process involved 80 people directly and hundreds more from the surrounding areas that use the club for leisure:
_ 7 obstacles were built;
_ 6 benches were repaired and covered with mosaics;
_ 1 multisport court was repaired;
_ 1 live opening and free event was held.
Using the AU Methodology, mainly youth were mobilized to choose the obstacles and their locations in the area offered by the club. Additionally, there was a collective effort to raise funds and materials to make the building with Insane Ramps’ technical support.
CHECK OUT THE SQUARE
Partnership: Redes e Ruas Grant, 2015 – São Paulo (SP)
Mobilizing two communities in different parts of São Paulo, to promote urban transformations “ON and OFFLINE” focusing on squares with free-wifi systems provided by Municipality. Different sectors from both communities engaged in the co-creation and execution of cultural events and revitalization of those public spaces, and the action that took place is detailed below.
With the direct participation of around 200 and hundreds more from the surrounding areas, the project:
_ built 5 pieces of playground equipment;
_ installed 5 pieces of gym equipment;
_ made 1 picnic table;
_ built 1 covered stage;
_ built 1 ramp for better accessibility;
_ repaired 1 multisport court;
_ had 2 walls;
_ had 1 mural painted with the neighborhood’s history and timeline;
_ had mosaic applied on the stairs;
_ had existing furniture painted.
Using the AU Methodology to promote cultural activities and workshops to revitalize a public space in a participatory and empowering way, the process highlighted the local talents and resources that supported the surrounding community in the co-creation and building of the urban transformation.