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Cidade dos Muros, «City of walls», is one of São Paulo’s nicknames. The project Wall Spaces explores how walls and fences can enrichen both sides of a wall and how public spaces could be implemented. São Paulo lives up to its nickname: since the 1980s, extensive construction of walls and fences are creating a physical separation between buildings and the street, between the private and the public. Walls have become a distinctive feature of the city’s urban morphology and has consequently left the city’s urban spaces diminished and deteriorated. Through an analysis of existing walls and a strategic proposal, the project investigates the potential of the wall not as a separation barrier, but rather as a boundary where encounters may take place. In one research part and one project part, the project focuses on a chosen central street and area in São Paulo. The research investigates the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of walls and fences in São Paulo, gathered in maps, diagrams and a catalogue of selected walls. The other part of the research looks into the street as public space. The project proposal is a strategic one, exemplified on a pilot site.