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Todd Lester writes a monthly blog post on RU’s Dialogues detailing the preparation and implementation of, a 5-year residency project in Sao Paulo.

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Lanchonete | Jul 2014


Over the last year, I've been asked a lot of questions about  I enjoy talking about the project, and thus invite all manner of inquiries.  However, for the regular question What does it look like?, I enlisted the help of a long-time collaborator, Adham Bakry.  Over the course of the past couple months, he and I have sent countless drawings back and forth.  At this point, we're very close to distilling the project down to a set of three slides, answering the questions: What, Why, Where, When, How, & Who?

I've shared these with some colleagues already and received very useful feedback, like:

As far as the designs. The first was a bit to broad for me. It read as a city or “city to country”, but the what and why you describe didn’t pop out from the image.  I like the second image and think it works.  With the third I’d like to see the lunch counter integrated into the feedback loop. How is the lunchcounter pivotal for facilitating a certain step or the progress between steps, etc.  I get why the lunchcounter is a good choice for this project, but what I don’t get enough of is how the lunchcounter will be used as an integral space for the project, because it seems many of the mechanisms of interaction and collaboration could take place divorced from the lunchcounter and still be effective. - Kiki 




Your sketch-and-text sample is charming; do you have any interest in somehow juxtaposing an example of something in the US in the spirit of lanchonete with it? - Jan

I like the sketches ... I only was wondering about depicting the government/policy nodes in the feedback loop. The depiction of a counter with chairs is good at reminding people just how human scale this is! - Daniel




Before we give the drawings another round of edits, I'd love to hear your feedback.  Let us know what works and what doesn't.  And, get ready for next month ... Sebastien has promised us a good question!

I look forward to your reactions,

Todd Lester

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2016.5 – on ATAQUE!

2016.4 – on Queer City

2016.3 – on ‘Food Audit’ @ Poly/Graphic Triennial {San Juan}

2016.2 – on the politics of water

2016.1 – on refugees and the São Paulo housing movement

2015.8 – on Embedded Residency, #III {Cultural Centers in Occupations}

2015.7 – on Embedded Residency, #II

2015.6 – on Embedded Residency, #I

2015.5 – on Nuance