‘The chance to hack an old building and transform it into an interactive, informative urban art piece, was too good to turn down,’ Brazilian architect and designer Guto Requena (Sorocaba, 1979) told Wired in 2015. Requena referred to the refurbished Hotel WZ in São Paulo, the façade of which visualizes the real-time air and noise pollution in the Brazilian metropolis.
‘Our opportunity is in experimenting with new technologies in more organic, human ways,’ Requena says. ‘I believe that we are now participating in our final chance to use all the technologies at our disposal to build a better society.’
Requena’s young life has been marked by violence. He was once kidnapped for several days and later his father was brutally murdered for unknown reasons. However, Requena decided ‘that I was not going to look at darkness for the rest of my life, but instead at light.’
Requena holds a Masters in Architecture & Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo (USP). For nine years, he was a researcher at NOMADS.USP – Center for Interactive Living Studies. In 2008 he founded Estudio Guto Requena, focusing on experimenting with digital technologies in an emotional way.
Since then, he has won several awards, lectured and exhibited around the world. One of his recent signature projects is the Dancing Pavilion for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In his Love Project Requena makes jewellery, the shape of which is based on sensory data collected from people who were asked to tell a love story.