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A case study on public spaces in contemporary cities: Nelson Bugalho Park, in Presidente Prudente, SP, Brazil

Grant number: 17/06498-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2017
Effective date (End): December 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal researcher:Eda Maria Góes
Grantee:Patrícia Cereda de Azevedo
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil


The present project aims at studying the relations between the city and public spaces, with a focus on public parks, their meanings and daily uses, in the context of a medium city in the countryside of São Paulo state, Brazil. The object of this case study, Nelson Bugalho Park is a space for leisure located in a recently requalified valley bottom, between several neighborhoods in the northern part of the city of Presidente Prudente. The study of such park shall enable the application of the following requirements: (1. Vitality, 2. Meaning, 3. Adequacy to the norms, 4. Accessibility, 5. Management control, 6. Effectiveness of its constructive technology, and 7. Justice), which, according to (BRANDÃO, 2011, p. 36), are necessary for high quality public spaces. For the present work, however, demands adaptations on Brandão ideas, since that Portuguese urbanist does not take in consideration the influence of socio-spatial inequality, which is mandatory for the understanding of Brazilian cities. After observing the initial years of implementation of the park (2016-2018), two aspects are particularly taken into account: how the park impacted its immediate surroundings, and the relations between what was planned and what was fully done. (AU)

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