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'Archeology' of Paulo Freire's influence in the urbanization of favelas: the cases of Recife (PE) and Diadema (SP)

Grant number: 19/04945-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2020
Effective date (End): January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Urban and Regional Planning - Methods and Techniques of Urban and Regional Planning
Principal Investigator:Caio Santo Amore de Carvalho
Grantee:Flávia Tadim Massimetti
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/13365-3 - CoPolis - social co-production of the city and citizen science: a comparative perspective on working class and precarious neighbourhoods in France and in Brazil, AP.TEM


The research proposes to discuss how the Freirean dialogic approach was translated into urbanization practices of favelas in Brazil. For this, the project will start from case studies of practices implemented in pioneering experiences in local governments of the cities of Recife (PE) and Diadema (SP). In the selected cases, the aforementioned approach and the pedagogue himself contributed directly to the training of architects and social workers to practice in favelas, whose premise was the exercise of dialogue with residents of settlements that would be the object of state action.The study intends to recover the history of the performance of this important educator, who influenced several disciplinary fields of knowledge and public policies. In the present proposal, the focus is on its incidence on the social housing field in the country, more specifically on interventions in precarious settlements, a subject not explored in the academic literature on the Freire's influence of a progressive and militant nature, and here, of 'archeology'. It should be noted that this influence occurred in Brazil in a context of redemocratization, with openness to participatory public policies, concomitant with the struggle to implement the agenda of the urban reform movement. The little literature on the subject, the need for meticulous investigation and based on the oral history of subjects who have experienced these practices, provokes interest in the search for a memory that is at the moment fragmented and little documented in the country. (AU)

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MASSIMETTI, Flávia Tadim. Dialogue and policy: the influence of Paulo Freire in the popular field of architecture and urbanism. 2022. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU/SBI) São Paulo.

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