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Sérgio Prado (Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy) was inspired by the 1992 Rio Summit and started the NGO Verdever to create innovative sustainable architecture. During the Summit, Sérgio proposed to cover the cathedral of Rio with vegetation as a symbol for an envisioned system of live construction capable of breathing and generating food for its inhabitants. In 1999, he built a large vegetable nursery in the Esplanade of Ministries, the monumental axis in Brasilia, with 20,000 PET bottles, approached the Senate and formulated the project-law 269/99, Brazil Clean Waters, approved by absolute majority, which has been incorporated into the National Policy for Solid Waste, later approved by the President of Brazil in 2010. Subsequently, Sérgio developed the concept of creating construction materials by combining all kinds of waste with organic resins.
In 2004, Sérgio joined forces with the architect Márcia Macul (Master and Ph.D in Architecture by the University of São Paulo), who was disappointed with traditional cement-based construction techniques, but was inspired by ancient earth-based building systems. Through her research she developed a new construction method of thick structural walls of rammed earth with electricity-free heating and cooling functions. She has taught teams of young people of several communities in Brazil to build their homes under this system.