Civil society participation in building resilient cities : Ipiranga neighbourhood, city of São Paulo, Brazil

Santos, Thiago Luiz Salvadeo and Degreas, Helena Napoleon; (2022) Civil society participation in building resilient cities : Ipiranga neighbourhood, city of São Paulo, Brazil. In: Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form. University of Strathclyde Publishing, Glasgow, pp. 1310-1317. ISBN 9781914241161

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This article describes the actions of civil society to face the consequences associated with torrential rains and floods that occur in Ipiranga neighbourhood, the city of São Paulo, Brazil. These are constituted by processes of waterproofing surfaces, degradation and extinction of natural resources and insufficient housing policies to serve the low-income population who are forced to occupy flooded areas or slopes, Brazilian cities have low resilience capacity or, are unable to resist, to absorb, to adapt and to recover efficiently after extreme events. Despite adhering to the 2030 Agenda goals and providing for Strategic Master Plan (Act No. 16.050/2014) guidelines for the development of public policies for the preservation of environmental heritage, its performance without facing the risk to life and the loss of material goods of the population caused by the floods is slow. Anticipating the solution of problems not addressed by the local government, a local community, the participative counsellor of Municipal Council for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Culture of Peace and Subprefecture Ipiranga create a pilot project for rain gardens with the objective of containing floods in the region. It is a redefinition of the form taken by the road system through the inclusion of permeable areas over residual areas existing on streets and sidewalks. The study takes place at Garcia Velho Square located in Vila São José and is an example of community participation in dealing with sustainable practices. The research is carried out through the reading and analysis of the legislation and urban regulation, visits and participationin the place with the actions of the population besides the confrontation of the theoretical questions that support the method and the instruments that are subsidizing this stage of work.

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