Tours

SÃO PAULO DOWNTOWN: THE CITY´S HISTORIC CORE

Starting in the place the city was founded by Jesuit Priests in 1554, this walk through São Paulo’s downtown area will introduce the several waves of urbanization and modernization of the city : the colonial space structured by religious orders; the secularized Europe-oriented urban tissue of the Republic established in 1889; the verticalization process started in the 1930s and the massive infra-structure projects of the 1970s.

Tour Guides: Ana Claudia Castro, PhD candidate (Universidade de São Paulo), Professor of Urban History at Escola da Cidade and Joana Mello, PhD (Universidade de São Paulo), professor of Urban History at Escola da Cidade.

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GARDEN CITY MODEL IN SÃO PAULO

Barry Parker, who with Raymond Unwin was responsible for the design of the first garden city of Letchworth,  lived in São Paulo from 1917 to 1919 and worked for Companhia City, a private company established in São Paulo. The group will visit Jardim América and Pacaembu, the first Brazilian garden suburbs, showing the challenges of the translation of the garden city model to Brazil, as well as the private architecture developed under the plans, and facilities built in these neighborhoods, such as the Pacaembu Football Stadium.

Tour Guides: Fernado Atique, PhD (Universidade de São Paulo), professor of History and Heritage at Uiversidade Federal de São Paulo and Cristina Peixoto Mehrtens, PhD (University of Miami), Professor at the Department History of the University of Massaschussets.

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THE LUZ DISTRICT

The Luz district was established in the early 19th century as an expansion of the city Northwards. The tour will show the city’s infra-structure projects related to the railway built by the British around 1870s. The focus  will be on the shift of this neighborhood  from economic core of the city to a more popular occupation around the second half of the 20th century.  Recently, this area has received massive public investment in transport infrastructure and cultural equipment and also a plan proposed by the Municipality in an attempt to renovate the region in a very contested  state-sponsored project. 

Tour Guide: Marcio Novaes Coelho, PhD (Universidade de São Paulo), Professor at SENAC University and FMU University in São Paulo.

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MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN SÃO PAULO

São Paulo is a city that hosts important modern heritage. Higienópolis, Vila Buarque and República are central districts of São Paulo where modern architecture flourished from the 1930s to the 1960s, mostly based on private vertical buildings. This tour will pass through the most important buildings constructed during this period, showing  the evidence of the CIAM modernist approach  in private and public spaces.

Tour guides: Ana Paula Koury, PhD (Universidade de São Paulo), professor at São Judas University and Renato Anelli, Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism of University of São Paulo.

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PARAISOPOLIS IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY OF SÃO PAULO

This group will visit a sector of the city of São Paulo where luxury condominiums and the second largest slum – Paraisopolis- are side by side. Paraisopolis is a consolidated area with a history of irregular occupation of more than 40 years, where about 80.000 people live. During the visit the focus will be on the conflicts in the occupation process, the long way of community mobilization for improvements in the area, the actions of non-governmental organizations, and the   public   policies of urbanization, regularization and housing.

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