The Vertical Cityscape in São Paulo

Silvio Soares Macedo

in Contemporary Urbanism Brazil

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039275 | DOI:
The Vertical Cityscape in São Paulo

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This chapter examines the influence of modernism in the urban design of the vertical cityscape of São Paulo, Brazil. It considers the isolated tower on a lot and the complex of towers in a block as the hegemonic models that resulted from the Brazilian modernist paradigm, and discusses how they have configured São Paulo 's contemporary cityscape. It suggests that the approval of urban legislation regulating verticalization in São Paulo in 1972 influenced the city's spatial organization by generating ample and generous private open spaces, fostering construction of shared facilities in such spaces and encouraging the creation of corporate plazas while discouraging excessively tall buildings.

Keywords: urban design; modernism; São Paulo; Brazil; urban legislation; verticalization; shared facilities; corporate plazas; open spaces

Chapter.  7697 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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