The Estelita Case and the influence of grands projects on the formation and production of young professionals collectives

The Estelita Case and the influence of grands projects on the formation and production of young professionals collectives

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The last decade in Recife (Brazil) was marked by intense clashes around changes in the urban landscape caused by the destination of idle land around the José Estelita Pier, composed of large support warehouses for the Port of Recife and a disabled rail yard. The renovation of this waterfront, which started with the construction of the 41-story “twin towers”, was accompanied by a project called Novo Recife, which foresees the radical transformation of the quayside with the construction of fifteen more towers.
The city was immersed in the opposition between groups that defended the need to take advantage of the idle potential of this area through a renovation process led by the real estate market and an opposition group, called Movimento Ocupe Estelita ̶ in reference to the protest movement that took place in Nova York at the beginning of the century ̶ who questioned the segregating character of the renovation project and the need to focus on urban vitality with qualification of public spaces and on the integrity and legibility of the symbolic landscape of the city center.
This discussion overflowed the technical spheres and contaminated the daily life of the city, with a strong influence on universities. In the field of architecture, became evident the influence of the ongoing discussions for the formation of collectives of young professionals and students who were concerned with not only conceiving possibilities for the pier, but also manipulating and intervening in other areas of the city.
In this article we present how the concern of the collectives was absorbed by institutional actions through the presentation of three examples: the Parque Capibaribe Project, developed by a laboratory at the Federal University of Pernambuco and foresees the creation of a linear park along the Capibaribe River; the municipal program Mais Vidas nos Morros for intervention in areas of social interest; and in the urban management of the city of Conde (PB).

Corresponding Author

Bruno Lima

Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE/Brasil)

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Bruno Lima

Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE/Brasil)

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Fernando Moreira

Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE/Brasil)

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Preferred Track

8. The role of artists and urban art

Second Preferred Track

3. Terrain vague redevelopments

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