In '73 I was in Bahia, working in the favelas of Alagados. Working to help.
The plans, that I took to Salvador, were traditional plans of an architect who gets a report from a sociologist, and then starts making housing layouts. It had nothing to do with reality. When walked in the favela, I admired the creativity of the people and their lack of fear in doing things themselves. There were many shops, beauty salons, a school for infants and even a tower structure. While no body was helping them, they were coping.
I immediately noticed some structural mistakes. Some houses were already leaning over, being held by another, or by improvised suspension. So I thought, here I am, having the knowledge I can help a lot just by spreading it..