Through where I walked

Through where I walked

Photographic project about creativity, obstacles and experience of walking in São Paulo through its sidewalks.

LETICIA LEDA SABINO, São Paulo, Brazil

While walking on cities, sidewalks become determinant factor of quality and happiness during the experience. Sidewalks are much more than just a pavement or a pedestrian path, they can also be an identity, informative space, artistic surface and etc.
Copacabana sidewalk, for example, is almost a city brand, being a identity of Rio de Janeiro and being used from souvenirs to artistic reference. In San Francisco, sidewalks also works as a signal for pedestrians, informing street names at the corners. And in Dublin some charming plates with James Joyce excerpts of Ulisses are arranged on its sidewalks poetically recreating the route of the main character of the book .
Besides that, sidewalks are also an important element to define how friendly is a city. Quoting a piece of the introduction of a research about sidewalks made by Mobilize Brasil:
"Besides its importance for transport, the sidewalks also work as a "sensor" of the development of quality of a city. Some thinkers claim that one can measure the level of civilization of a people by the quality of the sidewalks of their cities. And some say that the sidewalks are better human development indicator than the HDI itself."
In Brazil, once the law defined that each plot owner has responsibility for sidewalk in front of their plot, our cities sidewalk look like a patchwork, bringing up positive and negative impacts.
The project "Through where I walked" shows both sides of this urban policy mainly in São Paulo, in order to support necessary changes to make the city more walkable, give new ideas of uses and sidewalk typologies and also exalting sidewalk arts and creativity.
Cities are showed for a completely new perspective, a pedestrian perspective through cities sidewalks.

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