Education / Research

Workshop atelier/terrain 2015 Tiquatira (São Paulo - Brasil)

WAT_UNESCO Tiquatira is the 10th edition of this international intensive urban design workshop. It is organized by CUPEUM in collaboration with Mackenzie Presbyterian University of Sao Paulo as well as the Prefecture of Sao Paulo. It will be held in Sao Paulo from May 4 to 15 2015.


In 2014, Prefecture of Sao Paulo has adopted a new Strategic Masterplan strongly focusing on urban densification along mobility corridors in order to reach sustainable development objectives. This strong and coherent development vision projected at the metropolitan scale of the Greater Sao Paulo has implementation challenges at the scale of the neighbourhoods. Sao Paulo’s Zone Leste clearly highlights these challenges because of the numbers of urban problems that it concentrates, such as the weak number of employment opportunities, the low environmental quality because of the impermeability of public spaces, the lack of water treatment as well as the lack of green spaces. Does the implementation of mobility corridors can be an opportunity to conjointly answer issues of water management of housing quality?

From this specific context, WAT_UNESCO Tiquatira objectives are to:

  • Characterize the planning problematic and the potentials of Zona Leste’s urban landscapes.
  • Design urban and landscape projects bringing structuring and liveable solutions for the local governments and territorial actors that address preservation, enhancement and development issues.
  • Stimulate a interdisciplinary and and multicultural reflection with local professionals, academics (architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, sociologists, historians, geographers, etc.).

At the end of WAT_UNESCO Tiquatira, 7 urban visions will be designed by transdisciplinary and multicultural teams in order to identify and reveal the preservation, enhancement and development potentials of the urban landscapes of this area of Sao Paulo.

The 27 students participating in WAT_UNESCO Tiquatira will be guided by professors (expert in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning) from Montreal (Université de Montréal), from Rome (University of Rome – La Sapienza), from Sao Paulo (Mackenzie Presbyterian University) and from Tokyo (Meiji University). They will also be accompanied by a wide array of urban specialists of the Prefecture of Sao Paulo.

4 sites / 7 urban visions

Site 1 : Tiquatira Complex

  • Team 1

Aya Saito (Mackenzie University), Isabelle Jolicoeur (Université de Montréal) et Yamato Abe (Meiji University)

Interim presentation / Board 1 / Board 2 /

  • Team 2

Dana Capocchiano (Rome - La Sapienza University), Douglas Bianchini (Mackenzie University), Leonardo Ferreira (Mackenzie University), Jean-Rémi Lafleur (Université de Montréal).

Interim Presentation  / Board 1 / Board 2 /

Site 2 : Tiquatira Intermodal Station

  • Team 1

Nathalia Mazzonetto (Mackenzie University), Simon Ménard (Université de Montréal), Asia Cirioni (Rome - La Sapienza University) et Kei Momiyama (Meiji University)

Interim presentation  / Board 1 / Board 2 /

  • Team 2

Felipe Contart (Mackenzie University), Giulia Perri (Rome - La Sapienza University), Sebastien Petra (Université de Montréal) et Julie Vibert (Université de Montréal).`

Interim presentation  / Board 1 / Board 2 /

Site 3 : Confluence

  • Team 1

Beatriz Gomes (Mackenzie University), Mira Haidar (Université de Montréal), Andrea Valeriani (Rome - La Sapienza) et Marina Kato (Université Meiji).

Interim presentation  / Board 1 / Board 2 /

  • Team 2

Rodrigo Noleto (Mackenzie University), Eduardo Vieira (Mackenzie University), Sophie Duval (Université de Montréal) et Ayaka Tomari (Meiji University).

Interim presentation  / Board 1 / Board 2 /

Site 4 : Penha Historical Center

  • Team 1

Thais de Micheli (Mackenzie University), Philémon Gravel (Université de Montréal), Yusuke Nakatani (Meiji University) et Alessandro Brunelli (Rome - La Sapienza University).

Interim presentation  / Board 1 / Board 2 /


At the end of WAT_UNESCO Tiquatira 2015, three proposals were rewarded by a jury composed of Ms. Denise Antonucci, Research Coordinator at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban planning of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Ms. Alessandra Capuano, professor at Departement of Architecture and Projects of Rome La Sapienza University, Mr. Valter Caldana, Dean at Faculty of Architecture and Urban planning of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Mr. Fabio Mariz, Director of Urban Planning at Sao Paulo’s Municipal Urban Development Secretariat and Ms. Renata Naves, Urban Development Coordinator at Penha Sub-prefecture.

The winning proposals are :

1st price : Goio Coio

Team members  : Felipe Contart, Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Brazil), Giulia Perri, Rome La Sapienza University (Italy), Sébastien Petra, Université de Montréal (Canada), Julie Vibert, Université de Montréal (Canada).

The jury particularly appreciated the sensitivity toward the territory of this proposal through the resurgence of the original path of the Tiete riverbed. The jury also highlighted the rigor shown by the team in the construction of the proposal’s narrative discourse as well as in the application of ecological principles.

2nd price : Node_Scape

Team members : Asia Cirioni, Rome – La Sapienza University (Italy), Nathalia Mazzonetto, Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Brazil), Simon Ménard, Université de Montréal (Canada), Kei Momiyama, Meiji University (Japan).

The jury was impressed by the consistency of this proposal  from the definition of the site identity as an interregional transport hub and the underlying macroscale analysis to the very high level of details designed at the microscale. This proposal also deals with essential issues for Zona Leste, including the need to create workplaces.

3rd price : Penha : Urban Mosaic

Team members : Alessandro Brunelli, Rome – La Sapienza University (Italy), Nathalia Mazzonetto, Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Brazil), Philémon Gravel, Université de Montréal (Canada), Yusuke Nakatani, Meiji University (Japan).

The jury noted the great sensitivity to the historical and social environment shown by this team in the detailed design of the three types of strategies: preservation, recycling of existing buildings, and infill into the urban fabric. By the close link between historical analysis and architectural intervention, the proposal strengthens a key relationship between intangible and tangible heritage.

The medals were presented during the closing ceremony by Mr. Christin Azarian (Canadian Consulate General in São Paulo), Mr. Hiroaki Sano (Consulate General of Japan in São Paulo), Mr. Renato Poma (Italian Institute of Culture Sao Paulo), Mr. Adauto Candido Soares (UNESCO Office in Brazil), Ms. Thais Marini Aun (Québec Office in São Paulo), Mr. Fernado de Franco Mella (Prefecture of São Paulo) and Mr. Valter Caldana (Mackenzie Presbyterian University). 

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  • Governmental Partners
    • Sao Paulo Prefecture - Urban Development Office (SMDU)
    • Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie, et du Commerce extérieur du Québec (MRIFCE)
  • University Partners
    • Presbytérienne Mackenzie Presbyterian University - Architecture and Urban Planning Faculty - São Paulo, Brazil
    • Université de Montréal - Faculté de l'aménagement - Montréal, Canada
    • Meiji University - Tokyo, Japan
    • Rome La Sapienza University - Departement of Architecture and Projects - Rome, Italie