Access for All

Access for All

São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures

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



Title Information

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

Authors & Editors

Renato Anelli

Correia de Lira

Fraya Frehse

Vanessa Grossman

Andres Lepik

 is professor of history of architecture and curatorial practice at Technical University Munich and director of the A.M. Architekturmuseum der TUM since 2012. Prior to this he has been a curator at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and at the MoMA’s department of architecture and design in New York.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Marta Moreira

Ana Luiza Nobre

Daniel Talesnik

 is a research fellow at the A.M. Architekturmuseum der TUM in Munich. He graduated in architecture and obtained his PhD from Columbia University, New York.

José Tavares

Enrique Walker

Guilherme Wisnik