Students and teachers visit the community of Paraisopolis in Sao Paulo. Paraisopolis is a typical example of informal urbanisation in the city.

Students and teachers visit the community of Paraisopolis in Sao Paulo. Paraisopolis is a typical example of informal urbanisation in the city.

The course SIM (Smart Infrastructure and Mobility) took 18 TU Delft students  for a week of activities in Sao Paulo the biggest city of Brasil. The objective was to link with research being done at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (FAUU-USP), led by Professor Alexandre Delijaicov of the Grupo Metropole Fluvial (Fluvial Metropolis Group), which concentrates on issues of water management and design.

The course is a joint-effort by the Chairs of Environmental Technology and Design (led by Professor Arjan van Timmeren), Spatial Planning and Strategy (Professor Vincent Nadin) and Landscape Architecture (Professor Dirk Sijmons). The course is organised and taught by Taneha Bacchin (PhD candidate, ETD), Denise Piccinini (LA) and dr. Roberto Rocco (Assistant Professor, SPS).

Among other activities, students went on site visits, had workshops with Brazilian students and attended a seminar organised by FAUUSP on the challenges of planning and designing with water in Sao Paulo at FAU-USP. Keynote speakers included Professors Ricardo Toledo and Nabil Bonduki (a planner who is now a city council member)

More information about the Fluvial Metropolis group can be found HERE:

The main goal of the elective is to elaborate a critical analysis of metropolitan mobility issues. The aim is to understand and act on aspects of metropolitan mobility, water management and urban design in developing context, through research and the elaboration of a spatial design for a sub-system of the High Tietê river basin system in São Paulo, Brazil. This is done by critically analysing the issues at hand, understanding the governance arrangements and proposing spatial interventions.

This course builds on the theme of the Sao Paulo Infrastructural Traffic and Water Ring. Locally known as the ‘Rodoanel Mario Covas’- the Greater São Paulo Road Ring, and the ‘Hidro-Anel’, the Fluvial Waterway for the transport of goods of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo.

The metropolitan area of São Paulo is comparable to the Randstad in terms of size and economic output, but has twice its population. The complexity of planning and designing for traffic and water resilience in a metropolis of a developing economy context poses important questions:

(a) how the planning and design of urban and landscape infrastructures could potentially improve the social, economic and ecological conditions of densely occupied areas;

(b) how mobility and water planning/governance could best support the transition towards liveable and resilient territories and

(c) how the understanding of metropolitan governance structures can help designers and planners act in a more sensitive and informed manner, by taking real stakeholders and their concerns and objectives into account.

This course focuses on the interconnections between spatial planning, landscape design and regional design in a cross disciplinary way. There are three chairs of the Department of Urbanism involved: Environmental Technology and Design, Spatial Planning and Strategy, and Landscape Architecture), each catering for specific aspects of the project.

 

Students from TU Delft and FAU-USP discussed the Hidro Anel project in workshops.

Students from TU Delft and FAU-USP discussed the Hidro Anel project in workshops.

General Learning Objectives

The student is able:

– To develop a cross-disciplinary spatial strategy and proposal for a metropolitan mobility infrastructure, based on the concept of multifunctional landscape infrastructure and resilience;

– To reflect on mobility and water management and design issues in urban context.

– To search for site specific alternatives taking into account sustainable, social/economic/ecological and spatial characteristics of the site and connect them to implementation and governance perspective;

– To research and apply sustainable and resilient solutions concerning mobility and water management

– To understand and take into account the actors and stakeholders involved in mobility and water management processes (to take realistic decisions, to facilitate the applicability of the project).

-To propose a spatial strategy of intervention that fits into the logic of development of the metropolis.

-To understand the connections between theoretical inputs, design and planning practice.

 

To see more picture of the field trip to Sao Paulo, please visit HERE and HERE.

Workshop at FAUUSP brought together students and teachers from TU Delft and FAUUSP.

Workshop at FAUUSP brought together students and teachers from TU Delft and FAUUSP.

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