- Project Coordination: Manoela Machado e Pedro Lira
- Project Leader: Camila Reis e Camila Sanches
- Project Team: Julia Marini, Juliana Yoshida, Juliette Tellier, Renata Peres, Raquel Araruna, Renan Ferreira, Roberto Zocchio e Fernando Botton
- Partners: Adriana Vasconcelos (assistente social), Viviane Oliveira (pesquisa histórica), Rodrigo Dias (apoio técnico local)
- Consortium: Hproj Planejamento e Projetos, Daniela Dezidera (coordenadora de projetos complementares), Alexandre Ferreira (coordenador de projetos complementares), Deniti Nakazato (engenheiro civil), Gélio Benito (engenheiro civil), Paulo Maffei (engenheiro civil), Cláudio Vidrih (engenheiro Florestal), Joice Ferreira (engenheira civil) e Vitória Pezzano (engenheira civil)
- Clients: Banco de Desenvolvimento Internacional BID, Prefeitura de São Luís
- City: São Luís
- Country: Brazil
Text description provided by the architects. The architectural firm Natureza Urbana is responsible for an extensive urban revitalization of a Bus Terminal located in the historic center of São Luís, in Maranhão, bringing as design precepts the intention of qualifying public spaces, improving the interconnection with the existing heritage, and boosting the activity of local micro-entrepreneurs. Manoela Machado and Pedro Lira, partners at Natureza Urbana, were the architects responsible for the project; also, the company Hproj Planejamento e Projetos worked in partnership with Natureza Urbana, with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The initial motivation for the revitalization was the security problems around the 2-kilometers shoreline that surrounds the bus terminal, indicating that only an urban intervention would be able to encourage the use of these spaces by the public.
Just around the Bus Terminal, more than 150 people benefited from the project, which brought the construction of a skateboard park, a playground, and an area for sports and environmental education, as well as an interactive water fountain and many kiosks for the merchants.
The project aimed to transform the area into a space dedicated to leisure and sports activities, in addition to attributing a leading role to public transport and ensuring accessibility through the repair of sidewalks and avenue flowerbeds.