Exploring Urban Regeneration Through Temporary Uses in Central São Paulo, Brazil

Lucelia Rodrigues*, Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves, Renata Tubelo, Nicole Porter, Parham Mirzaei Ahranjani, Peter Kraftl, Lauren Andres, Ranny Loureiro Xavier Nascimento Michalski, Roberta Consentino Kronka Mülfarth, Leonardo Monteiro

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this chapter we examined three temporary urban interventions in Luz and Santa Ifigênia in São Paulo, Brazil, which were driven by local challenges. These neighbourhoods are centrally located with bustling commercial centres; however, they also experience endemic drug use and trafficking, trading of stolen goods, and widespread illegal occupation of buildings. A comparative qualitative analysis of the interventions revealed that while all aimed to improve social cohesion and capital, they each used different approaches, resulting in diverse outcomes. The Mungunzá Container Theatre and the CALGO Project, incorporating more sensitive design and placement of structures, were more successful than the Atende Emergency Care Units, a top-down, more utilitarian project. The Mungunzá Container Theatre was especially noteworthy as it used theatre to engage a range of users, from homeless people through to local residents and other visitors who would not otherwise come to this part of the city, thus contributing to transforming the perception of the place. This analysis illustrated how positive changes can result from temporary urbanism initiatives, particularly when these are inclusive and respectful the complexity of their context. In addition, the outcomes also suggested that larger-scale changes may occur when people are brought together through such initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Book Series
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameUrban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements The authors would like to acknowledge the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham for their financial support. We also would like to thank the undergraduate students Carolina Bley, Daniel Bilesky, Mariana Vitti, Maysa Maria Guimaraes and the technician Ranieri Higa for their contribution to the research. Thanks also to Prof. Miguel Bucallen from POLI-USP and the Municipality of São Paulo for all the information provided on the Nova Luz project, as well as to the Mungunzá Theatre Company for opening its spaces for fieldwork.

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  • Resilient cities
  • Temporary urban interventions
  • Temporary urbanism
  • Temporary uses
  • Urban reactivation
  • Urban regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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