Mais fotos desta leitora e do SESC Pompeia aqui.
I first heard about SESC - Serviço Social do Comércio (Commerce Social Service) - when Nilza mentioned a building of the architect Lina Bo Bardi that she wanted to visit in São Paulo, at the Pompeia neighborhood. Later I learned that this institution created in 1946 is maintained by Brazilian entrepreneurs, is present in all the states of the country and supports quality education for the development of citizens. In fact, education, health, culture and leisure are the main areas of action of this institution. Arriving to SESC Pompeia what we found was an old factory totally converted in a big leisure and cultural space (the architectonic project is dated from 1977) where coexist theaters, workshop and exhibition rooms, a library and its reading space, a coffee shop, a pool and other sports facilities as well as very pleasant external grounds where it is possible to walk, read or only catch a bit of sun. Once I had satisfied my appetite in the cafeteria, I immediately went to the old warehouse that showed a plate indicating "Reading Space" and it was there I ended up spending most of my time. At first sight it seems too wide and stripped, the truth is this warehouse gathers perfect conditions to dedicate hours to books with great comfort. It is fresh, well lit, has free Wi Fi, sofas, big tables for those who wish to work, and a very busy library, especially at the press area. It was at the far end of the building, away from the greater agitation zone, I discovered Sarah reading a Brazilian edition of "Introduction à la pensée complexe", from the French philosopher Edgar Morin. Sarah born and raised in São Paulo, is a student of Visual Arts. But she cares a lot about Philosophy and says she needs to deepen her knowledge in that area. Like me, she was taking a walk through SESC Pompeia when she decided to take a look around the Philosophy section of the Library and this title caught her eye. Usual reader, she invests in books that may improve her studies in college, but when she needs to take a break she takes refuge in Comic books.
More pictures of this reader and of SESC Pompeia, here.