São Paulo’s rising maker scene is bubbling with excitement. Fabien Eychenne, a fablab specialist who recently relocated to Brazil’s economic capital, describes the local playground of DIY paulistas.
(São Paulo, correspondence)
São Paulo is a huge city, whose population rivals the entire Parisian megalopolis living on a territory half the size. Its vertical topography transforms the city into a concrete forest that hides its share of surprises. Shops, especially those located in the oldest centers (for there are many), are similarly organized. Streets, blocks, even entire neighborhoods are dedicated to the same type of products : one avenue is full of car dealers, another street has several dozen shops selling anything related to restaurants and catering, one boulevard is reserved for music equipment, and Rua 25 de Março is known for its fabrics and charms.