The cities which are more walkable are accessible, collaborative, fair, sustainable, safe, healthy and fun. We, as an organization, want to be a reference and to encourage the transformation and shared construction of walkable urban environments in different scales (street, neighborhood, city).
SampaPé! was founded in July 2012 as an informal collective carrying out walking tours in São Paulo as a way to improve people’s relationship with the city. Once the group realized that walking is the most used transport in Brazilian cities – besides being the most sustainable, healthy, social, conscious and fun way to be and have access to the city – we understood ourselves as a movement in defense of safe and attractive cities for walking. Hence, we started to work with the concept of walkability and advocacy strategies to promote changes into more walkable cities in Brazil. The biggest success story of this performance was the achievement of Paulista Aberta in 2015 – the most successful open street program in São Paulo – after more than a year of public mobilization.
In 2017, SampaPé! formalized itself as a non profit (NGO) as a way to expand its performance and impacts, and asserting itself as an organization that works to improve the experience of walking in cities. We expanded our performance out of São Paulo, with projects and methodologies that can be replicated in several cities. We perceive walking not only as an end but as a tool for community engagement, in order to assess the quality of public spaces and to raise political awareness.
Who we are
We maintain the format of a lean organization that always acts in a multidisciplinary way through the diversity of collaborators and in cooperation with other organizations.
Fiscal councilors: Carolina Igi and Mariana Cruz. Legal Coordinator: Larissa Sabino.
Founder of SampaPé !. Graduated at MSc Urban Design and City Planning at UCL in London - with a dissertation on walkability and empathy. Undergraduated in Business administration at FGV - EAESP, with a postgraduate degree in Creative Economy and Creative Cities, FGV.
Architect and urban planner from Maranhão (UEMA, 2013), graduated in Sustainable Multi-Scale Architecture (Politecnico di Milano, 2016). Involved with initiatives, research and projects that value and raise awareness about the importance of public spaces and a more democratic city.
Sociologist, collaborates with the organization's articulation, elaboration of new projects, especially the annual event Semana do Caminhar. He is a social activist and walk activist.
Architect and Urban Planner, acts in projects related to the Index Índice de Caminhabilidade, countings in public spaces, among others.
Architect and Urban Planner, collaborates with mapping such as Bixiga a Pé, guiding tours, and with the Paulista Aberta Lab.