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Brazilian Projects Celebrating Democratic Spaces

Brazilian Projects Celebrating Democratic Spaces

In recent years, several movements in Brazil and around the world have contributed significantly to society by emphasizing the need to occupy public spaces in the cities to claim quality and freedom of use for the community. The Ocupe Estelita movement in Recife, Brazil, for example, confronted the growing real estate speculation in the region and challenged the aggressive commercial urban planning on the banks of the Capibaribe River. Based on cases like this one, professor, critic, and curator Guilherme Wisnik, in an interview with Fora, addressed the issue of public space as a place of conflict.

Praça das Artes. © Nelson KonSesc Pompeia. © Pedro KokImage Cortesia de USINA CTAH. ImageVista do Mutirão Paulo FreireSesc 24 de Maio. © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle+ 13

Wisnik, who considers conflict as a virtue by demonstrating diversity and plurality in an attempt to coexist in the city, points out the dispute over public spaces as a symptom of the importance of this debate in the sphere of urban planning. In his opinion, one should regard this type of space as a "theater for the mediation of differences."

Facing a scenario of extreme views and difficulties in finding potential points for debate, the idea of mediating differences becomes crucial to the reiteration of democracy as a system that ensures plurality and representation in politics and society. Therefore, transcending the political meaning of this system means extending its values to daily practices and to the way of thinking and proposing the city, discourses, attitudes, and life in society.

In the realm of architecture and urban planning, there have been many moments in which democratic guidelines have been materialized into projects that, understanding their moral responsibility, celebrate living with alterity. The following is a selection of buildings and spaces that represent an effort to cultivate tolerance, equality, and freedom.

Sesc 24 de Maio / Paulo Mendes da Rocha + MMBB Arquitetos

Sesc 24 de Maio. © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle
Sesc 24 de Maio. © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle

Sesc Pompéia / Lina Bo Bardi

Sesc Pompeia. © Pedro Kok
Sesc Pompeia. © Pedro Kok

FAU USP / Vilanova Artigas + Carlos Cascaldi

© flickr Fernando Stankuns. ImageFAU USP
© flickr Fernando Stankuns. ImageFAU USP

CCSP / Eurico Prado Lopes + Luiz Telles

© Paulisson Miura. ImageCCSP
© Paulisson Miura. ImageCCSP

MAM Rio de Janeiro / Affonso Eduardo Reidy

© Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa do MAM. ImageMAM
© Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa do MAM. ImageMAM

MASP / Lina Bo Bardi

© Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle. ImageMASP
© Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle. ImageMASP

Renovation of Praça do Patriarca / Paulo Mendes da Rocha

© Pedro Kok. ImageRemodelação da Praça do Patriarca
© Pedro Kok. ImageRemodelação da Praça do Patriarca

Solar do Unhão / Lina Bo Bardi

© Manuel Sá. ImageSolar do Unhão
© Manuel Sá. ImageSolar do Unhão

Paulo Freire Complex / Usina

Image Cortesia de USINA CTAH. ImageVista do Mutirão Paulo Freire
Image Cortesia de USINA CTAH. ImageVista do Mutirão Paulo Freire

Praça das Artes / Brasil Arquitetura

Praça das Artes. © Nelson Kon
Praça das Artes. © Nelson Kon

Minhocão Elevated Highway open to pedestrians

Minhocão. © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle
Minhocão. © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle

Paulista Avenue open to pedestrians

Avenida Paulista é o coração pulsante de São Paulo, Brasil. Image © Madu Oliveira | Shutterstock
Avenida Paulista é o coração pulsante de São Paulo, Brasil. Image © Madu Oliveira | Shutterstock

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Cite: Daudén, Julia . "Brazilian Projects Celebrating Democratic Spaces" [12 Projetos brasileiros que celebram o espaço da democracia] 17 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Duduch, Tarsila) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/958292/brazilian-projects-celebrating-democratic-spaces> ISSN 0719-8884

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