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: Challenges for New Town Design in a Frontier Region

Dirceu Trindade

in Contemporary Urbanism Brazil

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039275 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032818.003.0003
: Challenges for New Town Design in a Frontier Region

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This chapter examines the history of urbanism in Palmas, the capital of the Brazilian state of Tocantins. The findings suggest that the creation of Palmas, like that of Brasília, proves that the construction of a new city is always a strong stimulus for regional development. Its original plan foresaw a city where the residential blocks would spur such a high degree of social integration among residents that there would be no need for walls between houses. The new capital's major problems are similar to those afflicting other cities including incomplete public facilities and infrastructure, deficiencies in public transportation and development that ignores the plan's implementation and zoning principles.

Keywords: Palmas; urbanism; Tocantins; Brazil; new city; capital city; regional development; social integration; incomplete infrastructure; public transportation

Chapter.  6567 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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