Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1991
This description of Kelson Vieira's work was prepared when Kelson Vieira was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
Architect Kelson Senra is showing how older city center neighborhoods can organize through community-led efforts to resist characteristic patterns of decline. He is creating mixed cooperatives that can provide new housing and commercial and social service activities and build a self-renovating capital fund.
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