Paulista Perspectives


These images are all from the central areas of São Paulo. They don't really provide an idea of the scale and extension of the metropolis. It's enormous, gargantuan, an impressive ode to capitalism and reminds me a lot of Manhattan. With the economic boom in Brazil right now, people seem to have money to spend and restaurants and bars are packed.

I find being in the middle of these finance-driven ivory towers incredibly stimulating. You're staring at a forest of steel and glass obelisks which some regard as the pinnacle of human ingenuity, yet they are directly built on top of and from complex forest ecosystems in the interior. In general, when we surround ourselves with products made from oil and gas (plastics, paint, cosmetics), we are living enveloped in the carcasses and remains of sea creatures and plants from millions of years ago. Will nuclear fusion one day allow us to forge our environments out of molten rock? What will our cities look like then?