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Popular mega-ventures: new agents, strategies and restructuring of space in contemporary São Paulo

Grant number: 20/15267-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2021
Effective date (End): April 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Urban and Regional Planning - Fundamentals of Urban and Regional Planning
Principal researcher:Maria Lucia Refinetti Rodrigues Martins
Grantee:Isadora Fernandes Borges de Oliveira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


At the beginning of the 21st century, several studies revealed changes in the capitalist accumulation process under the domain of finances and their overlapping with housing policy, production of space, and housing in Brazil. The profound transformation the agents of the sector underwent, as well as their production strategies, resulted in an important dynamic of capital centralization in large developers, their geographical performance expansion, and valuation processes. The political-economic crisis in the Country, from 2014, led to significant changes. Thus, this research is guided by the following question: What are the consequences of this fact in the face of the housing financing process? It was hypothesized that the crisis context gave new meaning to the housing commodification processes previously generated, verifying in the current period the diversification of capital centralization dynamics, which are concretized by the intensification of investments in large government real estate complexes in the largest city of Brazil, implying new processes of metropolitan restructuring, which is supported by sophisticated financial instruments and urban stimuli, making possible new levels of accumulation that intensify socio-spatial inequalities and resulting in new contradictions. For its development, three major popular ventures, carried out by different economic groups (developers, investment funds, and industrial group), are adopted as case studies explored from three analytical axes focused on the reorganization of real estate production agents, their strategies and financial and spatial mechanisms, being the latter one addressed from a perspective of urban space restructuring processes, which drive the metropolization process. (AU)

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