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For a citizen-oriented public space: the encounter of the building and the street - Published book (2014)

(Original title: Por um espaço público cidadão: a mobilidade e a conquista da rua)

Role: co-author 

This is an academic publication that discusses new ways of understanding and planning a city by focusing on the concept of dialogue. Dialogue between the private space and the public space, between new buildings and the historical heritage, so that the public space is not de-characterized, which tends to lead to an unsafe environment.


What is a nice city? Is it where you can get around on foot, by bike or on public transport? Would there be space for conceptual experiences different from those that currently dominate the discussion of city planning?


This book brings to light that it is possible to launch a new way of looking at the city and that transforming it into a pleasant place is not out of reach. It was written by a group professors from the Architecture Department at the Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil, and published by The Pernambuco Engineers Union (SENGE).

The book cover with proposed public space installation at the center (red stripe)

The focus of the book: dialogue between private and the public space, new buildings and the historical heritage

Analysing existing examples of 'urban architecture', such as canopies and covered public loggias

The different ways that buildings and streets can relate

A busy street is a safer street

Examples of repelling and inviting conditions in the city

Typical 'urban architecture' elements, such as loggias and staggered volumes

The local Building Code determines the market housing named 'podium building', which lacks interface with the public space

Has the city gone worse? It used to have eyes!

Market housing buildings are enclosed in themselves, with very low interface with the street

An installation on a major street using a red plastic strip calls attention to the presence of the sidewalk

An overview of the book

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