São Paulo # 1

Cities for People


A new heart for São Paulo

In the effort to make the historic downtown of São Paulo lively, safe and attractive to people, Gehl Architects have been hired by Itaú Unibanco to assist São Paulo Urbanismo in the development of new public spaces.

By Stine Behrendtzen, freelance journalist


“When darkness falls, people quickly disappear from the sidewalks. The shops close their shutters and the streets turn into long, dark alleys. The historic downtown is not a place where people go for a drink, a coffee or a walk. In fact it seems a bit deserted at night”

This description is given by CEO of Gehl Architects, Helle Søholt, who shares her thoughts on the ambience in the area surrounding Vale do Anhangabaú, one of the largest and most central squares in São Paulo.

In the 1970’s the city was ahead of the curve in their approach to public spaces. At the…

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Personal Expression Against a Remarkable Backdrop


Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley
is a new book about American gardens of the northeast by Jane Garmey, a noted garden writer born in England and now living in New York and Norfolk, Connecticut. The 28 gardens featured are found in private estates to the east of the Hudson River, an area whose famed scenery Garmey appropriately describes as “inherently dramatic.” She has selected gardens whose creators, a mix of garden designers by profession and others who have made it a passionate occupation, primarily seek to create a private paradise while enhancing the remarkable qualities of the existing landscape.

Garmey chose the properties according to the following criteria: “I find myself drawn to gardens with age and maturity, and especially to those that strongly reflect the sensibility of their owners.” As her descriptions and the accompanying photographs reveal, the properties, ranging from 50 to 500 acres, display a range…

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