Riverfront Revitalization in the Amazon

Simone Silene Dias Seabra and Alice da Silva Rodrigues

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:
Riverfront Revitalization in the Amazon

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This chapter examines urban revitalization in Belém, a riverfront city in Brazil. The result reveals that the urban interventions carried out along the riverfront in Belém are imbued with political objectives that seek to ratify it as a public social space through the quality of its landscape and the redemption of the different historical phases of the city's evolution and that the very conception of the project does not always promote public access and the enhancement of local culture. The Belém case suggests that the renovation and revitalization of specific city spaces cannot be accomplished merely by physical interventions.

Keywords: urban revitalization; Belém; Brazil; urban interventions; riverfront city; social space; public access; local culture

Chapter.  5846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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