Informal Settlements and City Information Modeling Producing data to inform land use regulation in Fortaleza-Brazil

Authors   Mariana Costa Lima; Daniel Ribeiro Cardoso; Clarissa Freitas

Year   2019

Language   English

Present in   XXIII SIGraDi + eCAADe 37 (Porto, Portugal)

Type   Conference paper


In recent years, several advances have occurred concerning the legitimacy of precarious informal settlements in Brazil. In spite of this progress in the legal dimension, little has been made concerning standards to ensure urban space quality. The difficulties of reversing this exclusionary logic are due to several complex factors. A factor less discussed, especially in the national literature, but that has begun to draw the attention of scholars, is the invisibility of the informal city. This research assumes that it is necessary to regulate the urban form of precarious informal settlements, in order to prevent the deterioration of urban environmental quality. We highlight the importance to compile data about their urban form and their built environment, in order to contribute to a reality-based regulatory policy for these settlements, and this is the primary purpose of this study. To address this question, we propose a method of measuring the settlements' urban form, based on the City Information Modeling's theorical and practical framework, which is applied to a case study in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Key words
informal settlements

city information modeling

urban regulation

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