Urban intervention in Vila da Barca, Belém, Brazil: Achieving an adequate shelter

Janaina Serruya Monteiro, Florida International University


Low-income settlements have high incidences of social and environmental problems due to lack of government intervention; low-income settlements usually rely on community organizations or non-governmental entities to survive. In order to improve the quality of life in these communities, urban upgrading plans must be designed to achieve adequate living conditions. This thesis proposes an urban intervention plan for a low-income settlement called Vila da Barca. This thesis contains three document parts. The first part defines the country, city, and settlement background, including housing and urban issues. The second part contains information gathered from case studies and theories on how similar urban cities around the world have solved their urban development problems. Lastly, the third part proposes a residential development plan that enhances the citizen's needs, such as shelter and safety. The proposed set of criteria applicable to Vila da Barca will serve as an example for other urban intervention projects.

Subject Area

Architecture|Urban planning|Area planning & development

Recommended Citation

Monteiro, Janaina Serruya, "Urban intervention in Vila da Barca, Belém, Brazil: Achieving an adequate shelter" (2003). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1429062.