Book: 2G Lina Bo Bardi, Obra construida/ Built work

by verospieren

The Ladeira da Misericórdia was intended to be the orientative pilot scheme for intervening on hte degraded architectural complex in the historic district of Salvador. The intervention included five elements: four ruined houses from the 18th century , and an empty lot that would serve as a “living model” of the overall proposal for the district. The hill was chosen as a tsting ground because it  included the three kinds of situation occurrring in teh heritage area: semi-derelict houses threatened with collapse, complete ruins and empty lots. The choice of area was based on the fact that these houses were uninhabited, thus avoiding the traumiatic esperience of ecacuating the inhabitnats. Instead of dislodging people, seven new housing areas were to be created, plus an open-air restaurant and bar on the empty lot. The project, developed with the architect João Filgueiras Lima (Lélé), envisaged the rstoration of the complex using pre-molded elements in iron and cement: internal partition walls, external plissé walls that act as buttresses, flights of stiars, and decks that were capable of spanning up to 6 meters, All the pieces were to be fabricated by the FAEC_ the Community Components Factory of the city of Salvador – and assembled manually on site- The ouses were to be transformed into low-income apartments on the first floor, while the ground floor was intended to have a small shop selling its own produce. In a short period of time, theses changes would revitalize the area, and hopefully reverse the state of abandonment and lack of safety found there. The daring proposal of restoring the ruined houses of habitation by local low-income families was not taken up by the subsequent administration of the city. The project was then abadoned and the area reverted to the same state of ruin as before.