20.03. - 15.08.2021

Access for All: São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures

An exhibition by the Architecture Museum of the TU Munich adapted and expanded by S AM together with the Institute of Architecture FHNW. 

For decades, the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo has seen investments in architectural infrastructures that help alleviate its lack of public space and fulfill a growing need for public spaces with cultural, recreational, and athletic functions. ‹Access for All› provides an in-depth look at these various buildings, public spaces, and infrastructures at different scales and how they create inclusive places for São Paulo’s urban society. The projects are presented^with a focus on their program and day-to-day use, rather than their formal qualities, through newly commissioned photographs, films, plans, illustrations, models, and interviews, as well as archival documents. The emphasis is on how architecture weaves in and out of the city, as sidewalks merge into ramps and stairs, and at times reappear in the cityscape as elevated plazas or rooftop terraces.
The exhibition presents a fresh perspective on modern architecture in Brazil and sheds light on an urban building culture in which architecture not just dialogues with, but also actively shapes the city around it.

Admission: Pay what you wish!​

Curator: Daniel Talesnik
Curator Adaption S AM: Yuma Shinohara
Scenography: Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten


Fotos (2-4): Laurian Ghinitoiu


Supporters «Access for All»:

Exhibition Partners:
Architekturmuseum der TU München
Institut Architektur FHNW

Exhibition Supporters:
Sulger Stiftung
Stiftung Brasilea
Hürzeler Holzbau AG
HG Commerciale

S AM Supporters:
Abteilung Kultur des Kantons Basel-Stadt
Christoph Merian Stiftung

S AM Sponsors:
ComputerWorks AG
Zumtobel Licht AG
Gremper AG

S AM Partners:
SIA Schweizerischer Ingenieur und Architektenverein
Levante Software
Karl Bubenhofer AG

S AM Media Partner:

Accompanying Programme

19.3.2021, 7 PM

Public Preview with director’s tour (live stream)
Further information: www.sam-basel.org

25.3. (DE), 29.4. (EN), 20.5. (DE), 10.6. (PT) & 12.8.2021 (DE), 6 PM
Public Guided Tours
Admission: Pay what you wish!

24. & 25.4.2021 (DE), 2 PM & 4 PM
postponed to:
12.6.2021, 2 PM
12.6.2021, 4 PM
13.6.2021, 2 PM
13.6.2021, 4 PM
Access for all: Cultural Parcours around the Steinenberg
Part of Open House Basel (
Registration: openhouse-basel.org

11.5.2021, 6–8 PM
Introduction for teachers
S AM & Kunsthalle Basel
Registration: education@sam-basel.org

12.5.2021, 10–12 AM
Wednesday Matinée at S AM
Admission: CHF 10.– (red. CHF 5.–)

28.5.2021 (DE), 7 PM
Continuation of the Urban Development Forum ‹Basel 2050›
A Coproduction with the Bureau for the Urban Development and Architecture of the Canton Basel-
City Construction and Transport Department
Event Partner: Theater Basel
Location: Theater Basel
Admission: free

29.5.2021 (DE), 19.6.2021 (EN), 11 AM
Access for all: Cultural Parcours around the Steinenberg
Admission: Pay what you wish!

19.6.2021 (EN), 2 – 6 PM
Symposium: ‹The Space We Share›
In Cooperation with the Future Architecture Platform.
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Location: Brasilea Foundation, Westquaistr. 39, 4057 Basel
Admission: free

24.6.2021 (EN), 6 PM
Tour: Exhibition Annotation with Andrea Landell de Moura Staehelin
Admission: Pay what you wish!

5.–9.7.2021 (DE), 9 AM – 5 PM
Summer Holiday Programme for Children (aged 6–11):
‹Basel for all! – Discover, Experience, Shape the City›
Fee: CHF 250.–

13.8.2021, 7 PM
Location: Brasilea Foundation, Westquaistr. 39, 4057 Basel

Pre-registration is mandatory for all events : event@sam-basel.org
For changes in the programme due to the coronavirus and further
information, please see our website.


Upcoming exhibitions

28.08. - 31.10.2021


Public opening: 27/8/2021, 7 PM

In architecture, a "mock-up" refers to a demonstration model that reproduces a fragment of a building in full size, using the same materials as the eventual finished product. These models help to better understand the detailing of a building before actual construction begins. But what if mock-ups are not understood as merely byproducts of architecture, but as artefacts in their own right, in possession of an experimental or even poetic potential that goes beyond their purely technical function? 

Image 1: Atelier Abraha Achermann, Erlenmatt Ost, Basel, 2018 © David K. Ross
Image 2: Material tests with carpet tiles, baubüro in-situ / Zirkular, 2021
Image 3: Tambacounda Mock-Up, Manuel Herz, Senegal, 2018. Photo: Magueye Ba
Image 4: Performative mock-up, Newrope. Photo: Elias Knecht

20.11.2021 - 24.04.2022


Opening: 19/11/2021, 7 PM

Love it or hate it: concrete is everywhere. This exhibition examines this polarising material and its role in the Swiss self-image, challenging popular myths and uncovering surprising connections. A coproduction between the S AM and the gta Archives, Zurich, the Archives de la construction moderne, Lausanne, and the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio.

Photo: The “Zementhalle” by Hans Leuzinger (architect) and Robert Maillart at the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition in Zurich, courtesy ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv