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Challenges and prospects of using the instrument joint urban operation for producing social housing: a critical analysis of operação urbana consorciada Água Branca in São Paulo

Grant number: 14/21072-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2014
Effective date (End): November 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Urban and Regional Planning - Methods and Techniques of Urban and Regional Planning
Principal researcher:Paula Freire Santoro
Grantee:Pedro Henrique Barbosa Muniz Lima
Home Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The research project is based on an analysis of potentials and limitations of the urban intervention instrument called Operação Urbana Consorciada (joint urban operation) Água Branca in São Paulo within the scope of social housing. It will look for identifying and map the main housing needs of the population which resides nowadays inside the intervention perimeter and establish a critical examination of the general objectives and insertion of popular housing on the intervention program purposed by operation, as well as its deployment strategies and instruments. It is expected that the research can work as an instrument to support civil society insofar as provides information about the housing situation on the scene, critical analysis of the deployment instruments and methods, and propositions to be discussed on the instances of participative administration. In the academic sphere, it intends to raise questions about the capacity of large urban projects, as Operação Urbana Consorciada Água Branca, to attend to housing demands and to promote the right to the city and to adequate housing, mostly for the most vulnerable populations.

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