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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 academic publication explores innovative approaches to urban planning by emphasizing the importance of dialogue. It examines the interaction between private and public spaces, as well as the integration of new developments with historical heritage to preserve the character and safety of public areas.

What defines a desirable city? Is it one that prioritizes pedestrian, cycling, and public transportation accessibility? Could it also embrace unconventional conceptual experiences in urban planning discussions?

Authored by professors from the Architecture Department at the Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil, and published by The Pernambuco Engineers Union (SENGE), this book proposes a fresh perspective on urban design, suggesting that creating an inviting urban environment is achievable through thoughtful dialogue and innovative planning strategies.

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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