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Speed and experience: visual-graphic studies of the production of contemporary urban territory

Grant number: 18/15322-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2019
Effective date (End): May 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism
Principal Investigator:David Moreno Sperling
Grantee:Gabriel Teixeira Ramos
Home Institution: Instituto de Arquitetura e Urbanismo de São Carlos (IAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This thesis project aims to critically analyze possible relationships between speed and experience in the production of contemporary urban territory. It is understood "speed" through its predominant articulation with the capitalist, globalized, exclusivist logic (Santos, 1994, 2001) and vulgarized by time as a strategy (Virilio, 1996). "Urban experience", in turn, is reached from a qualitative, sensitive and corporal dimension, understanding that its apprehension has been impoverished, diminished and docilized (Jacques, Britto, 2012). It is argued that "speed" conditions "urban experience" through techniques, discourses, articulations, practices, and forms of production, so that relationships and ways of experiencing themselves are shaped by it. This is physically delineated - as in the case of highways, which have become the par excellence way in which high speeds are imprinted and wherever the most diversified and continuous financial investments occur - and, at the same time, it is pulverized in the relations that occur from the advance of technologies of information and the countless ways of experiencing them, by coupling with the hegemony of "speed" as "time-space compression" (Harvey, 2006). Thus, it is highlighted as a study strategy, the choice of an empirical object that involves intense and complex relations between flows, movements and permanences both in its physical-territorial and immaterial aspects, such as the Dom Pedro Highway, which connects the Metropolitan Region of Campinas to the Vale do Paraíba, and is characterized by continuous processes of modernization, neoliberalization and financialization of the territory. In this way, one starts from the hypothesis that there is the "speed" that tends to submit to an impoverishment the contemporary "urban experience", being able to weaken socio-spatial relations, pulverize the right to move and favor a territorial dismantling. For this understanding, it is based on a methodology to indicate "provisional totalities" (Jameson, 1991), that, through graphical-visual studies of different speeds in the contemporary territory, exposes the hegemony of "speed" and the existence of other resistant, relating them to the forms of use and appropriation of the territory of Dom Pedro Highway. (AU)