A project that aims to teach craft and design concepts to the youth living in the favelas of Fortaleza, Brazil
Project Titã is an inciative developed by the members of the U Rock Chair team (https://www.behance.net/gallery/13047119/U-Rock-Chair) as a way to introduce design thinking and woodcraft into the everyday life of the youth of the favela’s in Fortaleza, Brazil, backed by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.
The inspiration for the first workshop came from Brazil’s most famous designers: the Campana Brothers. Their famous Favela Chair served as a guideline for the kids to develop their own piece of furniture, the Favela Stool. But instead of just appropriating the caothic and colorful aesthetic of the favela, the project aims to take design full circle: a stoll made by the residents of the favela, with materials that are part of the favela landscape (wood leftovers) and, most importantlly, is going to go back to the favela at the end of the process.
The kids were taught basic skills for handling tools, security equipment and even stencil techniques, and after assembling the basic structure of the stool were left free to create and imprint their personnalities on the pieces they were later taking home.