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The reconfigured city: one investigation of demolitions in the surroundings of the São Paulo Cathedral (Sé) as support for the social history of spatial transformations

Grant number: 17/17774-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2017
Effective date (End): November 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism
Principal researcher:Fernando Atique
Grantee:Aline Canuto da Silva
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil


It is commonplace, in the historiography that deals with the city of São Paulo, the narrative that says that the the city has undergone major spatial changes, especially throughout the 20th century. However, the understanding of the social impacts of these reconfigurations is often overlooked in the few studies dealing with the spatial reconfigurations of São Paulo. This research Scientific Initiation seeks to investigate the transformations through which the area of the Sé, in the city of São Paulo passed, advancing beyond the formal aspect. Attempting to the Processes that trigger such operations, as well as Persons who have been affected by such block demolitions in the central territory of Sao Paulo. To do so, we will focus on two moments: the implantation of Praça da Sé, In the years 1910, and also the connection between Clévis Bevillacqua Square and the Cathedral, in during the construction of the São Paulo subway. With this, we will produce a history of (non-) preservation, which can also be seen as a social contribution to the urban history of the city of São Paulo. (AU)

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