Founded in June 1990 by a multidisciplinary working group as a technical advisory to social movements, Usina has since worked to mobilize processes that engage the workers’ own capacity to plan, design and build, mobilizing public finances to aid the struggle for urban and agrarian land reform.
Usina has participated in the planning and construction of more than 5,000 housing units and additionally, community centers, schools and preschools in several Brazilian cities and rural land settlements, mostly in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Paraná. Usina has also participated in the development of urban planning projects, slum urbanization, and aided in the formation and organization of cooperatives. In recent years, Usina has extended its activity to include the visual arts by producing videos, exhibition projects, and popular education workshops — all of them linked directly or indirectly to its work in planning and constructing the inhabited environment.
Usina’s team strives to overcome narrowly conceived individualist and commercially-minded modes of Architecture and Urbanism and to that effect, strives to integrate and engender processes that may subvert the logic of capital through counter-hegemonic social, spacial, technical, and aesthetic experiences. – See more at: http://www.usina-ctah.org.br/about.html#sthash.JexnAJPk.dpuf