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// Élise Bunouf

Pirilampo is a street lights system.

It helps people feel safe in Vila Madalena, a very crowded area in Sāo Paulo.

The device has several modules.

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Vila Madalena, a neighborhood of São Paulo in Brazil, is well-known for its very uneven terrain, its insecurity and its poorly maintained sidewalks. Following a workshop carried out with inhabitants, Elise Bunouf came up with Pirilampo. It features a tree grating, a light and a module which can be transformed into a library/bookshelf, vegetable garden, ashtray or even an occasional table. The light at the base of the tree is oriented towards the passerby and lights up as they approach. A tree grating protects the sidewalk from roots. It indicates the nearest metro or bus, so that pedestrians don’t have to get out their phone to find their way. Pirilampo makes people safer and guides and entertains them at night, wherever they are in the world.

Based in São Paulo, a cosmopolitan city with 12 million inhabitants, Élise’s project is situated in the hilly and trendy neighborhood of Vila Madalena, São Paulo’s new bohemian district. Pirilampo first and foremost addresses the underlying issues of insecurity and accessibility. It’s an urban planning project which provides a solution to questions of security, use and service. In the form of modular street furniture, the system is a sort of urban “plug-in”. The set of systemic modules allows an adaptability and diversity of uses suited to the neighborhood’s different living needs […] a real Swiss army knife for the urban environment. The field study and discussions with different user profiles highlighted multiple needs: security, accessibility, directions and uses. Pirilampo accomplishes the feat of providing a solution for each of these needs. Inspired by an in situ observation defining a problem, then combined with an advanced field study and finally supplemented by discussions with different types of user, the applied methodology puts the emphasis on design project management.

Benjamin Gagneux
MDes Transcultural Design Coordinator – Brazil Studio

This project is selected for Design L’Expo 2019 and will be exhibited from December 19th 2019 to March 1st 2020 at la Cale 2 Créateurs.


MDes Transcultural Design / Brazil Studio, L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique, São Paulo, Brazil

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