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Processes of contemporary urban development in medium-sized cities: the statute of the city, building expansion, gear economic and institutional dynamics policy-makers [2001-2011]


The project seeks to analyze in comparative perspective contemporary processes of urban development on three complementary approaches: the determination of the economic impacts on urban and regional development; the patterns and tendencies of the territory occupation and of the land market; the political configuration of corresponding decision in making processes at the municipal level, and especially if they have incorporated participatory formats. The most justification to chronological contemporary cut is the implementation of new regulatory urban instrument, the Statute of the City (Federal Law Nº. 10.257, of 10/07/2001), whose originality paradigm involves the expansion of the power of municipalities, the demand for public participatory mechanisms. Indeed the urban logic could be submitted to the social functions of urban city and property. The period chosen is still distinguished by a renew development cycle that focuses on different patterns of urban development. New reality asks for new explanatory models. The empirical investigation adopts as a comparative study of three medium-sized cities in São Paulo State: Piracicaba, Rio Claro and Bauru. Theoretically, the project aims to contribute to deepening the debate on the shaping of Brazilian cities. This reflection involves different areas of knowledge - planning, economics, political science, geography, sociology etc - from the perspective of increasing knowledge about the realities of urban medium-sized cities. Even more, the project intends to analyze approaches and aloofness between big cities and medium-sized cities. This is possible through the formation of a significant multidisciplinary data. (AU)