Convivencia: Belonging, Agency, and Access along Sao Paulo's Minhocao

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Creator: 

Cassidy, Emily Lucy Annette

Date: 

2022

Abstract: 

The Minhocão, an elevated highway cutting through the city of São Paulo, has been challenged since its construction for its allocation to cars in the city. The megacity is in need of more designated public space where inhabitants can lead connective social lives. Where public spaces already exist, they are either highly controlled or have been occupied informally by homeless groups. The lack of equitable public space increases the ever-growing tension for who has the right to public space. This thesis proposes to increase the access and occupation of the Minhocão for its local homeless population, through architectural interventions. A renewed coexistence along the Minhocão will serve to strengthen the ongoing claim to public space in the city's existing interstitial spaces. The proposal looks to the Minhocão's current uses and other precedents to build a shared sense of agency and belonging.

Subject: 

Architecture

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Architecture: 
M.Arch.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Architecture

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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