Ashley Scott Kelly

Frameworks, systems design

Brazil Mobile Commodity Market

Collaboration: Ashley Scott Kelly; Sean Corriel

Informal interventions typically create new modes of entrepreneurship without understanding the logistics of existing informal capital flows, largely between divergent and imminently juxtaposed income groups. Are there possible sources of capital for physically retrofitting slums from within these economies, and can there be increased community ownership of physical improvements when funded by these processes? "[In Planet of Slums,] Davis finds that... employment in the informal sector is not generated primarily through new initiatives but by dividing existing jobs and incomes."

Paraisopolis has been a laboratory for extensive mapping and census efforts by both the Brazilian government and NGOs. Referencing precedent successes and failures of earlier projects, this work proposes to pilot an icon-based mobile yellow-pages platform linked to a particular industry with wide environmental and social benefit.

The settlement, at any given moment, can be understood to be about 50% under construction and is 90% masonry. In order to decrease mass construction waste and the high price of materials, and increase local availability, a mobile commodity pricing and yellow-pages platform allows suppliers to market their goods in bulk with a cooperative of Paraisopolis material shop owners. This location-specific, distributed platform further allows contractors and property owners to source locally from a new dispersed array of material stockpiles, creates new jobs and facilitates a full-circle waste recovery cycle.