Architecture as a Space for Social Interaction. The Centro Cultural São Paulo 1975‒1982.
Architecture is part of the symbolism of society. As a design discipline, it requires spatial realization and appropriation by its users. At the same time the built form has its own social influence on the activities within the space. This doctoral thesis investigates the dual character of architecture using the example of the Centro Cultural São Paulo during its period of development. The building, which was initially planned as a new central library for São Paulo was conceptualized and planned by the architects Eurico Prado Lopes along with Luiz Benedito de Castro Telles between 1975 and 1982.
The dissertation is supported by two primary arguments that explore the dual nature of the research-led question: how the Centro Cultural São Paulo is a product of the social space of the sixties and seventies and how its architecture influences the social practice of using the building.
The first line of argument examines the social space under the tension of the Brazilian military dictatorship in São Paulo from 1964 to 1985. This reveals the political dependencies and boundaries within which architecture, as a design discipline, moves. The second line of argument uses the cultural centre's built form to study the social practice of architecture. The architectural concept of an Inner Street embodies the idea of interaction between activities, users and space.
Methodically, this dissertation pursues an interdisciplinary approach that is expressed in the ambiguity between a cultural- and media-theoretical perspective as well an architectural analysis. The work is based on the interpretation of relevant primary literature in Portuguese. Unpublished material is combined. Of special value is the analysis of nine case studies of original interviews, which were conducted with participants involved in the development and subsequent use of the Centro Cultural São Paulo.
|Advisor:||Schäffner , Wolfgang , Martha Mautner, Yvonne|
|School:||Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany)|
|Source:||DAI-C 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Latin American Studies, Architecture|
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