Railway territories: structuring, disruption and reconnection

Railway territories: structuring, disruption and reconnection

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The present research has as its initial purpose to present the existing tension in the relationship between city and railroad, in order to explain the role and the function that the railway infrastructures in urban territories have performed since its implantation in the national territory.
When examining this tensioning over time, it is possible to observe how the railway infrastructure served at first as a structuring of its urban insertion territories. In a second step, the railway infrastructures were responsible for the disruption and the splitting of the urban fabric, which, initially, they had helped to structure. Thus, their mere presence came to represent a barrier, an obstacle to urban fruition, generating a consequent disqualification of their urban insertion environments.
Currently, railway infrastructures can be seen as powerful territories capable of harboring the future, by stimulating the requalification of their insertion sites, exploring their role as an agent capable of promoting the reconnection of urban territories, which had once been broken.
Therefore, this research comprises the characterization of the main object of study, the railway territory; the evolution of its influence and function, so that it is possible to outline the three main roles played by these infrastructures over time: their structuring, their disruption and their reconnection, as well as the values linked to each one of them.
In conclusion, this study aims at presenting the relevance of the theme in discussions about the role, function and potential that railway territories have as potent spaces in promoting the rehabilitation of urban environments. In this way, this research develops from the observation and analysis of case studies that exemplify and illustrate their capacity, diversity of approaches and solutions that seek to achieve a desired reconnection of urban territories, starting from railway territories.

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Orlando Gonçalves Faya Junior

University of São Paulo - Architecture and Urban Planning College (FAUUSP)

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Orlando Gonçalves Faya Junior

University of São Paulo - Architecture and Urban Planning College (FAUUSP)

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