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Urban transformation in Baixo Augusta-SP: a study of appropriation in urban space

Grant number: 15/11198-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 28, 2018
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism
Principal Investigator:Manoel Antonio Lopes Rodrigues Alves
Grantee:Marília Reis Sé
Host Institution: Instituto de Arquitetura e Urbanismo de São Carlos (IAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/23273-0 - Urban transformations and socioespacial processes: practices and appropriations of/in urban space, BE.EP.MS


The contemporary dwelling revolves around the dynamic character of the city, that adds heterogeneous content (people, objects, information) while putting them in motion (in flux, materially or otherwise), generating transformations in the rhythms of life and how its inhabitants are related to each other and the urban space. The appropriation of city spaces coincides with the notion of dwelling since inhabit is appropriating a space, including the dimension of the conflict. While using and appropriating the urban space, the inhabitants also built it, throughout socio-spatial practices, will build it also. The distinct spatiality and temporality printed in space can generate urbanity, understood as a phenomenon produced in the relations between the social and the spatial. Therefore, this metropolis dwelling can be seen in cities like São Paulo and portions of territory where different socio-spatial practices occur and are recognized by both social actors and researchers, and it can act as empirically constructed wholes. The construction of a gaze is then necessary on those places where there is power analysis, ie where aspects and processes do not relate only to their particular urban context, but also point out clues and issues of approach paths of the contemporary city. Therefore, the construction of a set of appropriate procedures for the approach to the empirical field shown also indispensable. This research will pursue, therefore, the question of dwelling in the contemporary city, through the appropriation of urban space facing the urban transformation dynamics sometimes so fast and "misleading" to its inhabitants, with the desire to better understanding of the world and also with proposals of its construction. (AU)

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SÉ, Marília Reis. Sociospatial practices in urban space: cross analysis between Baixo Augusta-São Paulo/Brazil and Alameda de Hércules - Seville/Spain. 2018. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC/SBD) São Carlos.

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