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Urban rehabilitation for housing needs: building bridges through the lens of sustainability and co-production

Grant number: 22/16700-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2023
Effective date (End): May 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning
Principal Investigator:João Sette Whitaker Ferreira
Grantee:Julia Azevedo Moretti
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/13365-3 - CoPolis - social co-production of the city and citizen science: a comparative perspective on working class and precarious neighbourhoods in France and in Brazil, AP.TEM


The proposed research plan aims to analyze public policies for the renovation of old buildings in the context of urban areas of large cities that are undergoing a process of degradation, exploring the public policies adopted in Brazil and Portugal, with emphasis on the actions adopted in the cities of São Paulo and Porto. It is intended to investigate the convergence of two legal regimes, urban rehabilitation and housing, guided by the principle of urban sustainability, which is one of the main objectives of actions adhering to the new international urban agenda, and from the perspective of co-production. For this purpose, the investigation combines two dimensions, one of a more normative nature, to understand the differences in the legal regime of rehabilitation in its intersection with the specific intention of housing, in particular regarding the strategies that have been adopted in both countries. On another front of analysis, the investigation will seek to understand the concrete results obtained in serving the most vulnerable population in large cities, valuing social capital and existing social technology. In this regard, the intention is to look at rehabilitation as part of an effort to improve security and access to housing, analyzing the capacity of public policies to build solutions that can reduce vulnerabilities and overcome inequalities while legitimizing collective actions and practices in concerted dialogues with the most vulnerable population, its technical and legal assistance and with the University, through the development of common projects and in a cooperation regime.

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