The excellency of this work can be seen in its impact on the square. Bringing a deserted square to life was important for the local community to feel like they owned a space that wasn’t their private home in which they could congregate, share, and remember their history. Very importantly, Estudio Guanabara challenged their traditional working methods by reaching out to locals of a variety of disciplines and committing time and energy to meetings in which they heard directly from the people about what was needed and what was desired. Additionally, Ativa Pedaco goes against the common belief that a project or installation should be large in scale and primarily aesthetic in order to be successful or meaningful. What is striking about Ativa Pedaco is its considered intervention which was co-constituted with local input and designed to land with the locals rather than be photogenic.
The impact of the project is especially strong because of its consideration of a variety of durations. First is the duration of the weekly meetings which brought together a community in conversation about local history, local life, local challenges, and local needs. This gave birth to physical interventions which produced a further larger sense of community through the live events which invited local bands to feel at home and activate the space and through the exhibition of interesting phrases and questions which prompted reflection. Finally, the enduring presence of the shades which bring color and protection from the elements to encourage people to congregate. This is coupled by the archival, pedagogical document in the form of the guide. The guide is to this day used as an example of how it is possible to organize public activity, specifically in Brazil which has very specific laws governing these spaces.
This project continues to be an important reference point for architecture curricula as it illustrates how architects can be mediators and derive their solutions directly from the people rather than imposing upon them. It is impossible to make a place just with architecture, it requires a conversation with the people who belong to it.