Urban upgrading interventions and engaging residents in fuzzy management: Case studies from Novos Alagados, Salvador, Brazil

Paul Jenkins, Alex Abiko, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Odair Moraes

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    Abstract

    International theory and practice have promoted state-assisted upgrading of 'informal' urban areas worldwide since the late 1970s, with various forms of monitoring and assessment of impact. Two independent studies of how residents perceive and evaluate such interventions have recently been undertaken for neighbouring parts of the upgraded area of Novos Alagados on the Itapagipe peninsula in the northwestern part of Salvador, Brazil's third largest city. These studies start from different premises and have been implemented in very different ways, but both have the objective of permitting the 'voice' of the residents to be heard concerning the upgrading process. Comparing them helps highlight the essential 'fuzzy' nature of values concerning urban interventions of this nature and leaves us with thought-provoking questions concerning the role of local society in relation to the state in urban development, and the potential this has for on-going forms of urban management in cities which are emerging globally. Crown Copyright © 2009.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-114
    Number of pages10
    JournalHabitat International
    Volume34
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

    Keywords

    • Brazil
    • Fuzzy management
    • Global South
    • Post-occupancy evaluation
    • Urban upgrading

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