Where we live, how we live. The shape of cities influences our habits. By transforming places, we can change people's lives. At the same time, we are the ones that plan and build cities and their spaces. Envisioning new ways of living and acting, we can shape the environment around us. Cidade Ativa (Active City) is a social organization conceived out of the urgency to create more inclusive, resilient and healthy cities. We seek to encourage more active behaviors that are focused not only on research and transformation of the landscape, but also on changing people.  




Our work is guided by a careful reading of spaces and people, carried out mainly through field observation. We apply and develop methodologies that allow us to extract quantitative and qualitative information about these places and the behavior of their users. Collected data are resources both for the creation of project strategies and for the impact assessment of the interventions.




We turn our ideas into actions. We develop urban design and architecture plans and projects; we formulate guidelines, strategies and policies that can transform physical spaces and make everyday life in cities healthier and more enjoyable. Committed to our cause, we engage other people in this process, connecting citizens to their communities.




We promote courses, lectures and workshops, we organize publications and campaigns in order to awaken active citizens. By sharing our work, we invite people to visualize and to express their dreams and solutions to a more humane city.

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Dia internacional sem elevador: a influência do ambiente construído nos nossos hábitos foi tema para bate-papo no SESC Consolação

April 29, 2019

O ambiente em que vivemos influencia nos nossos hábitos. Seja na cidade ou nos ambientes internos, frequentemente o desenho desses espaços construídos estimula práticas sedentárias e pouco saudáveis e que, na dinâmica muitas vezes intensa do dia-a-dia, acabam sendo incorporados na rotina, como o uso descomedido de escadas rolantes e elevadores. Essa praticidade, no entanto, […]

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Como viver em sociedade influencia nossos comportamentos individuais?

April 4, 2019

*Texto publicado originalmente no Archdaily Brasil e Mobilize* Essa pergunta já pode ter passado pela sua cabeça e ela é, de fato, objeto de reflexão de pesquisadores de diversas áreas, incluindo filosofia, ciências sociais e psicologia. Atualmente, somos mais de 4 bilhões de pessoas que vivem em áreas urbanas, índice que aumenta a cada ano. […]

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“Como viver e planejar para a mobilidade a pé e por bicicleta” foi tema de oficina no SESC Taubaté

February 27, 2019

Nas cidades brasileiras, cerca de 41% das viagens* cotidianas são realizadas exclusivamente a pé e 2% de bicicleta. Esses são os deslocamentos conhecidos como modal ativo, ou seja, não dependem de nenhuma força motorizada para exercê-lo. Apesar desse número ser ainda maior, considerando que dentro dos deslocamentos dos outros meios de transporte sempre haverá trechos […]

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Keep up with our next activities on the agenda and schedule to join us.


Urban Readings Workshop at UNESP Bauru

During the XXIII Engineering Week of UNESP Bauru, the Cidade Ativa will lead a workshop about methodologies for collecting data from public space and the behavior of individuals in those places. Tools will be explored to obtain data in the field and, through this reading, identify the different dynamics of space and how users appropriate it. Also, tools will be used to collect data on the profile of these people and their opinion on various topics.
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Cidade Ativa will be present at the Pint of Science

The Pint of Science is a festival of scientific dissemination that takes place in bars in several cities around the world to bring academic discussions to a more relaxed environment. In São Paulo, the event is already in its 4th year! Nathalie of Cidade Ativa, will talk about our performance in different scales and how we can contribute to the production of knowledge about more resilient and inclusive cities. Next to her, will be present the professor of the Department of Geography of FFLCH-USP, Ligia Barrozo; teacher of nutrition at UNICAMP, Fabiana Benatti and; the researcher of the School of Physical Education of USP, Eduardo Rumenig. Access the full programme at "know more".
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We are pedestrians, cyclists, we use public transport. We live the streets, the public space, the city. Cidade Ativa is in each one of us. Together we can work to change places where we live, letting that process change us as well. United by this vision, we make a young, dedicated and energetic team.


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