Public interest in dispute: the use of Union lands in Large Urban Projects in Recifes central area and surroundings

Architect and urban planner Júlia Ximenes, partner-coordinator of several relevant projects in recent years at Natureza Urbana, recently defended her master’s dissertation at the postgraduate program of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP), in the area of Urban Planning, with the theme “Public interest in dispute: the use of Union lands in Large Urban Projects in Recifes central area and surroundings”.

Abstract: “The rescaling of statehood and the introduction of new approaches in urban planning in central capitalist countries impacted Latin America and Brazil in the 1990s. Strategic plans and Large Urban Projects were disseminated as a strategy for repositioning cities in a context of global competition and fiscal crisis. Urban redevelopment projects have become an important issue in Recifes central area since the 2000s and often took place in national public lands. The presence of national public lands relates to the citys formation process through embankments over flooded areas and mangroves. The proposals were adapted to the context of a peripheral metropolis and distanced themselves from the theoretical framework. Although many proposals were made, only three large urban projects were implemented, José Estelita Waterfront renewal, Porto Novo and Porto Novo Recife projects and the Flying Club renewal. Our central argument is that public interest, inherent to public property, is an indeterminate and conflicting concept, despite its relevance and operability to public administration. The research sought to analyse actors and interests in dispute around public lands allocation in the three mentioned cases. We used both primary and secondary data, such as bibliographical and documentary research, interviews, and site visits. The empirical analysis demonstrated the impacts of public interest indeterminate definition and the lack of clear criteria on public lands allocation to ensure public interest and an effectively democratic discussion around the matter.”         

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