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From place to spatial contradiction: conflicts and strategies of Operação Urbana Butantã-Vila Sônia, Sao Paulo

Grant number: 10/03073-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2011
Effective date (End): August 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal researcher:Gloria da Anunciacao Alves
Grantee:Lívia Maschio Fioravanti
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):12/05347-6 - Economic and political strategies in the urban requalification project in La Plaine Saint-Denis, Paris, BE.EP.MS


The main objective of this research is to understand the conflict between strategies and interest which underpinned Butanta-Vila Sonia urban operation located in the western zone of the metropolis of Sao Paulo as well as the residents' claims and appropriation ways.The initial hypothesis states spatial differentiation - a tendency which arises from urban operation regardless of its implementation - is intensified by the conflict around the antagonic uses of place and by the different requests and confrontation strategies the residents of different classes use to face the interventions included in the urban requalification project. Sociospatial differentiation has been analyzed in four places - three of them inside the urban operation perimeter.Studying the urban operation through these locations in Butanta allowed the grasping of class strategies when it comes to space dispute which demonstrated the contradiction between capitalist spatial production use and exchange. This work was able to reveal the fact that access to wealth and properties restrains spatial appropriation and results in different necessities and wishes, either when it comes to urban project interventions or life itself in the city.

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FIORAVANTI, Lívia Maschio. From place to spatial contradiction: conflicts and strategies of Operação Urbana, Butantã-Vila Sônia, in Sao Paulo. 2013. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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