Exhibition | Passagens – Espaço de Transição para a Cidade do Século XXI

From February 17 to April 8, the Museu da Casa Brasileira (MCB), an institution of the State Secretariat of Culture of the State of São Paulo, hosts the exhibition ‘Passes – Transition Space for the City of the 21st Century’, an international exhibition of the Institute City in Motion (IVM) / Institut pour la Ville En Mouvement Vedecom which deals with passages – small spaces of mobility such as tunnels, stairways, walkways and bridges, determinants of the quality of walking on foot in the metropolis.

“The Brazilian House Museum encourages debate on the forms of occupation and appropriation of the urban space; thus, an exhibition that presents the barriers, as well as the passages of the cities, is directly linked to our vocation. The initiative seeks to strengthen the debate on mobility, which has become paramount in the reflection on urban centers, “says Miriam Lerner, general director of MCB.

‘Passes’, which has been in Paris, Beijing, Barcelona and Buenos Aires, is presented in four areas, each dealing with different aspects, its concept and historical evolution. Infrastructure barriers that impede or impede locomotion are highlighted; the characteristics of places of passage such as connection, place and transition; and the results of IVM’s architectural design contests around the world in the last four years.

Through a wall installation, the visitor can “experience” mobility in various urban contexts. A map will mark IVM concrete projects and actions in different parts of the world.

“The exhibition brings projects and studies about the small articulators of mobility that determine the quality of our routes through the city,” says Luiza de Andrade e Silva, executive director of IVM Brazil.

Educational activities, such as debates and presentations, are scheduled as well as the screening of five short films about ‘passages’ in Africa within the exhibition.

Anyone who publishes a photo of passages or urban barriers that they encounter on a daily basis using the hashtag #mallpassages on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter may have their image selected by IVM to be part of the exhibition.

The challenge proposed in the different IVM competitions within the Passes program was to establish a connection where it did not exist, integrating the fragmented city and attending pedestrians, with special attention to the most vulnerable. In Brazil, the IVM developed studies on the structure and patterns of use of Jardim Ângela tickets under various aspects of mobility, culminating in the design contest in early 2017. The winner will also be at the exhibition on display at MCB.

About IVM
Created in 2000, the Cidade em Movimento Institute (IVM) emerges from an iconoclastic, independent and innovative approach to urban mobility. For 18 years he has been developing research and international actions to contribute to the culture of urban mobility. Its purpose is to follow the transformations of urban centers around the world with a focus on the human scale. And involve civil society in this reflection on the city. To this end, it focuses on the production of research, publications, exhibitions and seminars open to the public on the quality of the public space of mobility, intermodality and the right to information, time and quality of journeys.
IVM mobilizes experts in Asia, the Americas and Europe with innovative research programs and field projects. It brings together public-private partnerships, business and research representatives, brings together academics with actors from social and cultural life, as well as cities and countries, to reflect on the dynamics of urban life.
Since 2016, IVM has joined VEDECOM, a French institute whose mission is to work for innovation, research and training applied to transport and responsible mobility, generating activities and employment.

About MCB
The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the São Paulo State Department of Culture, is dedicated to the preservation and diffusion of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country that specializes in architecture and design. The MCB program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes activities of the educational service, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of a critical thinking in themes such as architecture, urbanism, housing, economy urban mobility and sustainability. Among its innumerable initiatives, the MCB Design Prize, the main award of the segment in the country, made since 1986; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve memory about the rich diversity of the country.

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