International Conference Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Urban Space, Uc Berkeley, May 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19).
In São Paulo, residents construct stereotypical urban identities around people’s placement in the favela, along the river, in the bushes (mato), and in the hills. These topographies are marked sensorially and racially. Through sensescape walkabouts (sight, hearing, and smell), I analyze three dwellings in the periphery of the Brazilian megalopolis. The methods used in the article include the role of the senses in constructing new knowledge and the embodied dispositions of the researcher in producing data.