TUT|Tharabololo at the Department of Architecture is hosting Prof. Denise Morado Nascimento on the 24th October 2018.

TUT|Tharabololo at the Department of Architecture is hosting Prof. Denise Morado Nascimento on the 24th October 2018. Denise will be speaking on the “The socio-spatial exclusion system in Belo Horizonte, Brazil”. Denise is a Professor at the School of Architecture of UFMG and Coordinator of the PRAXIS-EA/UFMG research group .

An abstract of her talks provided below:

In Brazil, the commitment to reverse inequalities has been placed, in smaller or greater presence and coherence, by different governments, entities, institutions and international organizations. The challenge has always been to make the poorest people take over bigger parcels of economic growth, that is, to take something as property. I intend to present the contemporary city as a platform where there is a growing dominance of financial actors, markets, practices, measures and narratives, at various scales, resulting in a structural transformation of economies, companies, financial institutions, states and families. This process of neoliberalization, structured by and structuring the strategies, discourses and practices of the state-capital corporation, has provided means of socio-spatial exclusion and no longer constructing results. The excluded are no longer victims resulting from the analysis of some criterion but are constituted as a problem that has as regulator the inequality in its associated facets: economic, political, social, subjective and legal. The means of socio-spatial exclusion that conform itself into a system are encrypted by the knowledge fields that categorize the city in, for example, zoning, periphery, centrality, legal, illegal, formal, informal, urban, rural, public, private, etc. Therefore, we propose to read the city in a decrypted way so that, to some extent, the phenomenon of exclusion in the city is reversed. Accepting Sanín-Restrepo’s power encryption theory, we understand that the categories of the design and the urban planning fields form the language game, in a fragmented, binary form and contaminated by power relations. Decrypting means broadening the action of disobeying and resisting. Decryption works as a lens that unveils the contradictions and aberrations of logic – named by me as reverse – and creates possibilities of the power of the new. I propose analysis’ lines that allow one to read the territories (and not to diagnose the territory), under the watchful eye of those who live and occupy (and not under the gaze of those who draw, plan or regulate – the architect, urbanist, entities) and on what the territory is (and not what it seems to show), resulting in another language game. The lines of analysis are methodologically constructed in a non-linear going-and-go process, based on narratives of the researchers about territories in the northern vector of Belo Horizonte, Brazil – villages, favelas, urban occupations, peripheral territories. Next, the lines of analysis are compared with the place reading made by those who live and occupy the territories – 200 students of high school from a public school of the northern vector. Finally, analytical cartographies of this confrontation are presented.