The challenge was to create placemaking guidelines for an upcoming neighborhood in the former farm known as Fazenda Paranoazinho adjacent to the highly auto-dependent city of Brasilia, a place where urban form has followed the needs of the automobile while ignoring the slower moving forms of transportation and the social benefits associated with it. The vision articulated by the clients aspires to take a place-led approach towards a more livable community that: “..begins as disconnected farmlands, inaccessible ravines, and fragmented communities along a highway. With a bold plan, the lands evolve into an integrated, connected collection of neighborhoods tied together by a flowing continuous park system.”
Gary Toth of Project for Public Spaces visited Brasilia and worked closely with a team of professionals to assist the Birmann family in the creation of a new community. The following five topics were identified for PPS input to the Urbanizadora Paranoazinho S.A. team for consideration in preparing its proposal to the Federal District:
The expected outcomes are:
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.