Today was my first day visiting a favela (shanty town) in Brazil, it was part of an extremely interesting walk: Padrões da margem do Rio Belém (patterns on the banks of the River Belem) which was led by Curitiba artist / urban adventurer Goto. The walk was one of the 6 organised for the JANES WALKS and in conjunction with 72 Hour Urban Action.
Anyway, it brought me back 10 years, to when I led a similar walk around my hometown Dublin, the “Dublin Green and Blue wander“…
green and blue wander
wandering the streets of dublin
free and open to all
night of play
start here – the spike
12.00 sat 14 august `04
spike > river liffey > excise bar (short film screenings) > grand canal > picnic (peppercanister bridge or merrion square, depending on numbers) > ivy gardens > stephens green > merrion square > national art gallery > trinity > central bank square > temple bar > liffey bridges > cultivate (short film) > dublin castle park and water spot > chester beatty museum roof garden > st patricks park > civic park (theatrical performance) > city markets > capel st > bolton st pond > kings inns park > hugh lane art gallery > garden of rememberence > blessington basin > linear filled in park > royal canal > mountjoy square > summerhill park > croke park (catch end of dubs GAA match) > burning man mural painting on street (25 church street, east wall) > burning man party of play (excise bar, 8pm, fiver or what you can give)
burning man festival is perhaps worlds biggest art experimental community.
every year 30,000 people gather in the nevada desert and make a city of play and art for 1 week.
it is artistic, political, spiritual, cultural, social all at the same time
please inform more people and come along
grassroots and indymedia have been personally invited for this
grassroots picnic did not happen last week, perhaps this might do
food not bombs people were also asked
indymedia mayday film will be shown in bar
please spread word
A friend from back then, paul c, posted the following feedback:
so i went with dunc on his wander, it was like being a tourist in your own city…
visiting the open green and water spaces in the city
we walked along the canal noting how as the new buildings get built around the basin, noting in parts how no room is being left for public access to the canals and further down the canals fences have been put up, im sure there have many calls for the tow paths to remain open but soon you won’t be able to walk along the canal uninterrupted on either side
The Road to Nowhere?
Unable to walk along entire canal
Building or Billboard
Little did I know that these urban ecology wanders / explorations would lead to the massive project the following year: The Botanic Spine, an kilometer urban greenway for my city.
Tomorrows Curitiba walk is: Leitura da Rua Saldanha Marinho, 12h from Praça Espanha