Territoriality and the regulation of public space in Favela Morro da Formiga, Rio de Janeiro

Marriott, Michael Joseph (2015) Territoriality and the regulation of public space in Favela Morro da Formiga, Rio de Janeiro. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Public space in many communities around the world has been identified as over-regulated and devoid of social vibrancy. This research contributed new knowledge regarding the way local residents territorialise and take ownership of streets and open areas in a favela, or informal settlement, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Findings showed that public spaces were only partly activated by spatial pattern or structure. User agency also played a significant role, despite recent regulatory and policing interventions in the favela. This may have important implications for new communities where design could allow for more flexible usage and thereby enhance social vibrancy.

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ID Code: 88059
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Lawson, Gillian Mary & Guaralda, Mirko
Additional Information: Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Keywords: public space, socio-spatial practices, activity regulation, informal settlement, favela, territoriality, Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ODTA
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2015 23:38
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 00:25

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