The city of Porto Alegre (RS) undergoes several urban transformations recurrently, through urbanization plans. The projects are usually part of the election plans in the administration of elected mayors. In order to debate the future of the city and the relentless advancement of mega real estate projects, the series of discussions “Porto Alegre Metrópole” will take place between the 3rd and 5th of October, at Livraria Cirkula.
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Currently, the Urban Development Master Plan (PDDU) and the Environmental Urban Development Master Plan (PDDUA) are those under analysis and construction. Furthermore, there are constructions that have been made possible by the city of Porto Alegre through special projects, which are projects that have licensing as a priority.
The series of events aims to analyze policies that lower the city’s prestige and good living. Also, it intends to discuss the possibilities of new practices worthy of a cosmopolitan city, connected with the world, with quality of life for all, a city respectful in its relationship with nature.
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Organizer of the event, writer Antonio David Cattani recalls that the capital of Rio Grande do Sul was once known internationally for its cultural dynamism, its public policies and the organization of extraordinary events, such as the World Social Forum. At present, it is undergoing a rapid process of environmental, urban and social regression.
“The deterioration in the quality of life, pollution, mega real estate speculation projects are the results of actions promoted by economic groups with unlimited greed, linked to the municipal public authorities and supported by the elitist and retrograde media”, says Cattani.
At the first meeting, on Tuesday (3), with the theme “The Predators of the City”, it will be discussed how these predators are responsible for the production of buildings that increase the temperature, visually pollute the city, speculate with the urban fabric, cut trees and destroy architectural heritage. This day’s guest speakers are: architect Carlos Furtado, who will talk about the city’s gentrification; botanist Paulo Brack, who will discuss the clash between cement and green; and architect Tiago Holzmann, who will tackle the zombie city. The meeting will be mediated by journalist Luís Gomes, from the newspaper Sul 21.
At the second meeting, on Thursday (5), with the theme “The Creators of a Beautiful City”, emphasis will be placed on those who resist predators, develop alternative and innovative projects, and bring joy to the city. This day’s guest speakers are: professor Ana Maria Dalla Zen, who will talk about Parque da Redenção; architect Flávio Kieffer, who will discuss how to evolve without destroying; Professor Vanessa Marx, who will address the right to the city and urban activism. The meeting will be mediated by journalist Katia Marko, from Brasil de Fato RS.
The auditorium capacity is limited, so registration is required to participate. To register, visit the link https://bit.ly/poa-metropole and register by purchasing a book at Cirkula for each day of the event.
For more information, call 51-32093778 or WhatsApp 51-998511522.
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Marcelo Ferreira