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Planning and participation: a new agenda for urban and environmental policies in Brazil


This proposal intends to investigate urban intervention strategies that meet the needs of an economic development that should be at socially and environmentally sustainable, overcoming the false dilemma between technical intervention in the territory and the participatory processes. This research will bring together scholars from the University of Texas at Austin and from the State of São Paulo to look at three main issues: the Institutional framework, the role of the State, of the technical sector and the role of the university in the new agenda for urban and environmental policies in Brazil. The importance of this proposal is to recover the best of both traditions in Brazilian urban planning the technocratic and participatory - to meet the challenges of designing cities which combine new design distribution housing and productive uses, new public transportation routes for medium and high capacity and recovery environmental resources such as Permanent Preservation Areas in urban areas as a way to tackle floods, landslides and water shortages afflicting quality Brazilian cities. (AU)

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