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A transdisciplinary methodological approach to metropolitan planning in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

17:30 - 19:00 07 March 2013

Location: 34 Tavistock Square, room 101, WC1H 9EZ

Belo Horizonte

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Guest speakers: Roberto Monte-Mór and Heloisa Costa

In a transdisciplinary approach to metropolitan planning and with innovative planning methodologies, the new metro plan for Belo Horizonte has been prepared within the Federal University of Minas Gerais. It involved a technical team of 180 people, including professors and students (graduate and undergraduate) working over 15 months to prepare the plan with about 3000 residents for the city of 5 million people. The seminar will emphasize methodological planning aspects and a particular focus on water and land use related policies and initiatives designed within the context of that Plan, which is itself an ongoing planning process. Thus, the seminar will also address current guidelines in preliminary discussion to establish sustainable development indicators for metropolitan planning in Belo Horizonte.

Roberto Monte-Mór is an urban planner, who teaches at the Graduate School of Economics (Cedeplar) and at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urbanism (NPGAU), both at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in Belo Horizonte, He has written extensively on processes of urbanization in Brazil, and wrote his Ph.D. dissertation (UCLA) about “Extended Urbanization in the Brazilian Amazonia”. In 2009/2010, he coordinated a 180-people team of scholars and students to design the Metropolitan Plan for Belo Horizonte.

Heloisa Costa is an urban planner, who teaches at the Graduate School of Geography at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has written extensively on urban and environmental policies and politics in Brazil, and her research interests includes a political ecology approach for urbanization. In 2006/2010 she participated in a research project on sustainable urban water (SWITCH), and in 2009/2010 she was responsible for the territorial coordination of the Metropolitan Plan for Belo Horizonte.

Everyone is welcome to attend!