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Dilemmas of living: Vila Itororó between heritage and function (1975 - 2013)

Grant number: 14/03198-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2014
Effective date (End): May 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Paulo César Garcez Marins
Grantee:Vivian Legname Barbour
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Thought at first to build a symbolic outline of national identity, public policy made for the cultural heritage in Brazil has been developing, since 1930, important role on the reproduction of the urban land. The practices related to heritage present, since their birth, disputes that directly reflect on the way they are developed. To understand these impasses, it's necessary to denaturalize the speeches that understand the heritage as representative of a priori culture that, in the end, serve as an argument to justify certain urban interventions. Vila Itororó is the center of this analysis because it's an emblematic case of cultural heritage in the city of São Paulo: it's situated downtown, it has strong esthetic, economic and political appeal, besides it has disputes that are being developed on the jurisdictional area. By the analysis of this case, we will try to identify and understand the way that the right to housing and to the city, the concept of culture, the appropriation of the urban land and the agents involved are all related on the heart of the heritage's public policy in São Paulo. (AU)

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