Who’s Next? Homelessness, Architecture and Cities – São Paulo Street Architecture in Covid 19

Fraya Frehse

Homelessness, Architecture and the City

“Street Architecture in Covid-19 São Paulo” is a documentary by SMUS Lead Partner Professor Fraya Frehse that was commissioned for the exhibition “Who’s Next? Homelessness, Architecture and Cities” curated by Daniel Talesnik at @architekturmuseum_tum from November 2021 to February 2022.

Get to know more about the outstanding architectural skills of three homeless men in the streets of São Paulo – the city that is hosting the SMUS Conference Brazil 2022 in September, 8th-10th.
Professor @frayafrehse is the SMUS Conference Brazil 2022 Coordinator, a GCSMUS Lead Partner and Action Speaker, and Professor at the University of São Paulo Department of Sociology, @usp.oficial.



With the Coronavirus crisis, the urgency of homelessnesshas worsened worldwide. As a social group, the homeless are among the most vulnerable members of our societies. The exhibition not only analyzes central themes such as the visibility and invisibility of the homeless, but also the ambivalence of the reactions of the rest of society, which lie between repression and rejection. Homelessness is presented not as an individual tragedy, but as a problem of society that requires systemic solutions. In addition to an analysis of global statistics and their socio-political backgrounds, the current homelessness crisis in cities such as Tokyo, Mumbai, New York and Los Angeles will also be examined. In addition, the exhibition shows historical and contemporary architecture projects for the permanent reintegration of the homeless.