Pilot Project (2020-2022): Dwelling in the São Paulo Streets

Experiences, Interventions, Research

In the framework of the GCSMUS strategic action scheme, the Action 4 speaker Fraya Frehse, coordinated the online three-session UrbanSus Seminar “Dwelling in the São Paulo Streets During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Experiences, Interventions, Research” at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IEA) of the University of São Paulo (USP) on 10, 26 November, and 7 December 2020 (see banner below).

Organized in three sessions, the Seminar gathered socially diversified perspectives around the same question: How is the daily life of men, women and children for whom the streets of São Paulo have been places to live during the Covid-19 pandemic? The presenters’ life trajectories are marked, respectively, by more or less regular spending the night in the streets, by professional work with/about the so-called street population, and by scientific research about who lives in the city’s public spaces. The seminar put together these very different social angles of apprehension and reflection about a sociospatial phenomenon that characterizes the large cities of the world with increasing vigour and, thus, challenges the UN Agenda 2030 for urban sustainability. Hence, the seminar’s overall aim was to implement at USP a space of methodological exchanges crossed between theory and empirics, experience and intervention, knowledge and practice around the subject.

The seminar discussions were held online and in Portuguese on November 10th, November 26th, and December 7th, 2020 respectively at 2pm (BRT), and were recorded on YouTube as follows:

The resulting critical report may be read in English and in Portuguese.