Access for All

Access for All

São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures

Infrastructures for residents: São Paulo’s long-term investment in communal architecture




Edited by Andres Lepik and Daniel Talesnik

1st edition

, 2019


224 pages, 181 color and 11 b/w illustrations

21 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-163-0

In cooperation with A.M. Architekturmuseum der TU München


Like all mega-cities around the globe, São Paulo faces huge challenges. Yet despite these manifold and daunting tasks, the Brazilian metropolis has since the 1960s  maintained a prudent policy of investing in communal infrastructure, thus providing inclusive places and spaces for all of its 20m-population. While many cities aim for a “Bilbao-effect” by funding iconic, tourist-orientated projects such as museums or theatres, São Paulo persistently supports programs and usages that serve its permanent residents.

This book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at A.M. Architekturmuseum der TU München, features a selection of these buildings and programs from five decades. Ranging from a simple canopy over a public park to vast multifunctional buildings, they provide spaces for sports and culture, education, healthcare, or gastronomy. Rather than merely serving a specific purpose, their key role is to be places for people spending time together.

With contributions by Renato Anelli, José Tavares Correia de Lira, Fraya Frehse, Vanessa Grossman, Andres Lepik, Ana Luiza Nobre, Daniel Talesnik, and Guilherme Wisnik; and a conversation with Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Marta Moreira by Enrique Walker. Photographs by Ciro Miguel

Autoren & Herausgeber

Renato Anelli

Correia de Lira

Fraya Frehse

Vanessa Grossman

Andres Lepik

 ist Kunsthistoriker und seit 2012 Professor für Architekturgeschichte und kuratorische Praxis sowie Direktor des A.M. Architekturmuseums an der TU München. Davor arebiete er als Kurator an der Neuen Nationalgalerie in Berlin und im  Architecture and Design Department am Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Marta Moreira

Ana Luiza Nobre

Daniel Talesnik

 ist Architekt und promovierte an der Columbia University über die Emigration von Bauhaus-Studenten in die Sowjetunion. Seit 2017 ist er Kurator am A.M. Architekturmuseum der TU München.

José Tavares

Enrique Walker

Guilherme Wisnik