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The Open Spaces Systems and the urban form of Sorocaba City

Grant number: 13/04414-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): August 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Landscaping
Principal Investigator:Silvio Soares Macedo
Grantee:Patricia Eiko Aguchiku
Home Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/51260-7 - The open spaces systems in the Brazilian urban form constitution: production and appropriation Quapá-Sel II, AP.TEM

Abstract

The project aims to analyze the configuration and structure of the open spaces system and the urban form of Sorocaba's city to create bases to a future establishment of its urban and landscaping quality criteria to its open spaces system, determining a general outline about these results. It is expected furthering the studies about its current open spaces system and the urban form, which focus is the relationship established between them in the city, approaching its stakeholders' role and the environment where they act.Sorocaba is located in the southwestern of São Paulo State and it is a medium city which, in 2013, features undergoing a significant urban expansion process, derivated of current industrial and housing investments, resulting in many government actions on constitution of new public spaces, specially parks and bicycle paths. Its open spaces system, urban fabric and buildings have a strong relationship with the large hydro system and APPs (the Brazilian acronym to Permanent Preservation Areas), with an expressive function on its morphology.This research intends to contribute, on a local scale, to discussions about parameter of the Brazilian cities formation and their public open spaces system on the thematic research project QUAPÁ SEL II - "The open spaces systems in the Brazilian urban form constitution: production and appropriation" (FAPESP process nº 2011/51260-7) being developed by the QUAPÁ Laboratory at FAUUSP.