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Brazilian architecture student designs native values into a new Covid-19 memorial.

Matheus Rosendo creates a Covid-19 memorial inspired by native Brazilian culture

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Matheus Rosendo, I'm 22 years old and I'm physically disabled. I enrolled in Architecture and Urbanism at Fumec University simply because I've always liked to draw, but I discovered a whole new world as the time passed. Today I feel the need to give voice to minorities like me and help the best way I can to improve people's quality of life.

How does your design speak to your local culture and community?

It's built using Native Brazilian's traditional construction techniques and its geometry also evokes their culture of equity. They are a minority  who has always suffered from white people, and up to this day they don’t get their voices heard. We frequently learn very little about their culture in school. We have a stereotyped point of view, and don’t even bother to get to know.

The culture is so rich and diverse, that it really breaks my heart we don’t value enough. There are about 300 ethnicities and most of them have just a few representatives. Therefore, a Native Brazilian death can mean the death of an entire civilization's history.

Since the beginning of Portuguese European colonization, it’s been a struggle to balance between the Native’s culture and western culture. It still is, mainly in topics such as health care and housing. In a pandemic world, it has only got worse.

Although I don’t have close roots to Native Brazilian, I felt the need to give voice to this urgent matter.

Any closing thoughts?

I just wanted to thank the whole DesignClass crew.

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