Walking, exploring, learning… impressions of a little street explorer’s day

Walking, exploring, learning… impressions of a little street explorer’s day

Walking, exploring, learning… impressions of a little street explorer’s day

by Marieta Colucci Ribeiro and other apē study group members

Watching, discovering and exploring while walking down the streets! All together, in a team. Each step a concern, a rustle, an astonished exclamation. A seed covered in fur! Where does it come from? I don’t know. Probably from that tree some steps away: look for some more up there! And what else? Leaves, foils, seedbeds. That’s Praça da República. Where the school is, where a giant tree fell down – why? It’s dead -, and where the subway comes out. It’s below the ground. And we all have already taken the subway.

Over there, that building: does someone know what it’s called? Anyone? That’s Edifício Italia! And does someone know what Italia means? A country! Veeery far away! You must go by plane. Not many of us have flown by plane.

Photographer: Júlia de Andrade Reis

When crossing the street with no traffic light, a mistake. We have to take care, but not wait for the car to “give us a permission”. A change of vocabulary! But… look! Parrots. Are there parrots in São Paulo? No. But if not here, where then? In the forest!

What about these very tall buildings? And this yellow thing? And this red stripe: what is that for? Watch out for the bicycles, take care! Let’s get out of their way. And always behind the big hand! Green green green!

And who knows what’s in this square? A place where everybody stays in silence, studying, reading. Li.. Lib.. Libra… Library! Monteiro Lobato Library! No, that was the one from last week. This one is named after another writer: Mário de Andrade. Shall we go in? Everybody quiet: shhhh. Look how many books! *whisper* everybody is reading *whisper* and that statue out there, who is he? A poet, Camões. What does a poet do? Poetry. Are there some books of poetry in here?

Photographer: Júlia de Andrade Reis

Look, the school is over there. And my house is over there. I live at the Cambridge tenement. My dad has already been in jail.

And now: we may go up or down – are we going to arrive at the same place? Yes! It worked! The difference remains in the shops at each floor. And this one: do we go up or down? Up! Let’s go up the escalator! Wow! There are some shops up there, down there and in between. A child says goodbye to a young man. And then we walk over there: what can we see from up here? We’ve just got to walk downstairs. Does someone know in which direction we should go? Over there!

Photographer: Júlia de Andrade Reis

Wow that’s gorgeous! Let’s go ‘til the corner? What is that big blue cross on the floor for? That’s a crosswalk. But look! A building with a small forest on it! And what’s that? A helicopter! Is it going to fly? 3, 2, 1… ah, it’s not flying yet! 3, 2, 1… yippee! Where is it going to land now?

Photographer: Júlia de Andrade Reis

That building over there, what’s that? That’s Shopping Light. We have all already been at Shopping Light. And back to the staircase! And up. And down. And up. From side to side. Aw, it started to rain, run! Who needs to go to the toilet? Green green green green green!!!

Photographer: Júlia de Andrade Reis

Author:
Marieta Colucci Ribeiro is an architect and member of APÉ Study Group on mobility issues in São Paulo, Brazil, who won a Walking Visionary award with their project “Little Street Explorers“.