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São Paulo: foreigners and the building of the city

Grant number: 06/51727-4
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: August 01, 2007 - December 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning
Principal Investigator:Ana Lucia Duarte Lanna
Grantee:Ana Lucia Duarte Lanna
Home Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Maria Cristina da Silva Leme ; Maria Ruth Amaral de Sampaio ; Sarah Feldman
Associated grant(s):11/07054-3 - São Paulo: foreigners and the building of the city, PUB.LVR.BR
Associated scholarship(s):10/03990-3 - “The foreigners ánd “The ( re)construction OF Liberdade central district, BP.MS
09/06495-6 - Modernization, metropolis ánd underdevelopment from “The viewpoint of foreigners: priest Lebret ánd “The formation urban ideas ín São Paulo between 1947 ánd 1964, BP.MS


This research project intends to relate to the wide literature about the great transformations taken place in São Paulo since the end of 19th century when significant processes of migration have entirely reshaped it into one of the most relevant multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-linguistic centers around the world. The major interest is to study foreigners' presences in the city and their interference on the physical, demographic, economic, social and cultural aspects of the native settlement. Foreigners will be considered here through the various forms of work they have been involved with: both as industrial workers and craftsmen, closely connected with the role of immigrants in the building of a free labor market in the city; and as foreign artists, liberal professionals and intellectuals, in their decisive role in shaping of modern fields and institutions of knowledge and practice. The goal of the research project is to relate spatial and social processes observed in the history of São Paulo with the presence and role of foreigners, their productive and professional practices, their social réseaux, their forms of cohesion, interaction and conflicts with the native structures, in the way they constitute a major part of the building and understanding the city's recent past. Permanently faced with the queries around nationality, the foreigner is therefore assumed here as "the other", whereas the city is considered in the interplay of its material order and social réseaux with the processes of identification and estrangement taken place in it. (AU)

Matéria(s) publicada(s) na Agência FAPESP sobre o auxílio:
French architectural works help retell the story of São Paulo 
Study analyzes the influence of foreigners on the construction of São Paulo