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The City Statute

Housing Policy and Housing Movements in São Paulo and Porto Alegre

Camila d'Ottaviano (FAUUSP) and Fernanda Jahn Verri (UCLA) will present on Brazilian housing policies

Friday, March 9, 2018 to Friday, February 9, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Haines 153
Los Angeles

From programs of mass construction in the 1960s and 1970s, coordinated by the National Housing Bank, to the My Life My House Program from 2009-2017, Brazil has gone through periods of low investment in social housing production. As a result, the Brazilian city is deeply marked by irregular land subdivisions and self-help construction—the primary means for the lower income classes to access housing.

Today’s presentation gives an overview of Brazilian housing policies and relevant demographic data, before discussing the struggle and strategies of the housing movements in São Paulo and Porto Alegre.

Camila d’Ottaviano is architect, urban planner and faculty member at the University of São Paulo School of Architecture and Urbanism (FAUUSP). She holds a Master’s in Urban Environmental Structures and a Doctorate in Architecture and Urbanism, sub-area Habitat, from FAUUSP. She is part of Observatório das Metrópoles, a Brazilian national research network, and coordinates research between self-regulation and formal government in the challenges of self-build housing.

Fernanda Jahn Verri is an architect and urban planner. She holds an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the School of Architecture at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (FA UFRGS). She is now a PhD student in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. Her research looks at affordable housing solutions and how contemporary discourses on property might limit low-income families’ access to adequate housing.

Taller Nuestro Norte is a group that unites scholars in different departments at UCLA working on Latin American issues. It is funded through support from the UCLA Latin American Institute.

Cost : Free & Open to the Public

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Sponsor(s): , Taller Nuestro Norte Working Group, Latin American Institute