Urban Regeneration plans and mixed use developments
Since density started to be acknowledged as a way to increase efficiency on the cities reduce vehicular emissions and diminish impacts of urban environment on the overall eco-system, regenerate abandoned parts of cities is the perfect solution for the next era of urban planning. Live and work on a walkable / bikeble distances turns to be the mantra for the cities on the beginning of this decade and hopefully a standard for the next generations.
A lot of times, rigid land use, excess of regulations and poorly designed streetscape, lead areas of big cities to decay or even be completely abandoned. In most cases this places are very close to the center, embedded within historical context and under populated. Regenerating this urban plot with more flexible parameters, more sustainable practices, introducing open space, mixed use developments, pedestrian and bike oriented corridors connecting neighborhoods are the key to points to reduce pollution, waste, energy and to build a healthier and accessible city.
Redevelopment of established urban districts demands an holistic and interdisciplinary approach. One of the biggest obstacles are related to land ownership issues, but the biggest challenge resides on design a process not only economically and ecologically, but socially responsible. Acknowledge the existing conditions, enhance ongoing activities and incorporate residents/workers on the design process. As communication systems develops exponentially with internet, planners, municipalities and local actors finds in internet a forth room, where ideas can be shared contributing to raise a new community on the ashes of an existing one.
A lot of lessons were learned by developing the master plan for the historical/economic city center of São Paulo / Brazil. Lessons that can be shared and applied on different locations specially on fast growing megalopolis of metropolis and megalopolis on developing economies. That is the story I want to tell and explain what are the tools being developed for next large scale urban interventions that are taking place on this 24 million habitants on the next 20-40 years. More information about last project on www.novaluzsp.com.br