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City Centre and Intraurban Centrality

Grant number: 14/25861-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): March 15, 2015
Effective date (End): September 14, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Arthur Magon Whitacker
Grantee:Arthur Magon Whitacker
Host Investigator: Jose Alberto Rio Fernandes
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal  
Associated research grant:11/20155-3 - Socio-economic cohesion and contemporary spatial practices: cities of medium size and consumption, AP.TEM


With this project we presented to the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) research proposal in Bolsa de Pesquisa no Exteior (BPE) seated in the investigation of three working hypotheses. The first hypothesis is that we can understand two analytical perspectives to the inner city, the traditional centre and the main centre Add to that the presence of new central areas, on two conditions of competition and complementarity between them and the centre. Arising from this first, we have a second chance. To what extent, in the light of significant changes in the sphere of consumption that can be observed in today's society, we would, by reading the urban structures, compared to processes that could point us to polycentric and / or polynucleated urban structures? In this bulge, a third hypothesis is necessary. Are these procedures (outlined in the first two hypotheses) girded by a third, wider? The economic and productive restructuring have led to profound changes, leading to a restructuring of the city, which invigorates the need and possibilities to discuss the urban structure, specifically the central areas. These three issues would be weighed up from exhaustive bibliographic research and academic debates that would give scope to the development of our participation in the thematic project "Logicas Econômicas e Práticas Espaciais Contemporâneas: Cidades Médias e Consumo", funded by the Foundation.

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