Formiga is conceived in cooperation with the Ngo Novo Horizonte and Dietmar Starke as a way to bring social and cultural services to the under-served population of an urban Favela. The organic form of Formiga is cradled in a lush valley in close proximity to a school and at the head of a new public pathway that will weave through the center of the Favela below it. Formiga will host theater performances, movie screenings, community meetings, children play areas, and many other activities so that it becomes a new cultural center for the community. Formiga invites people from Rio and beyond to visit the favela and participate in local culture. The global trend towards authentic experiences gives the development a contemporary dimension and a realistic, inspiring backbone for new social and economic development within an ecological context.