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INCITING URBANISM: Solutions and occupations for real transformation of a city – Circe Monteiro, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/INCITI

By on October 6, 2016
Lecturer - profile

Circe Monteiro


Main affiliation
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/INCITI



South America



Circe Monteiro is an architect and urban planner with a profound interest on the effect of cities and built environment upon people and societies. This interest lead her to embrace sociological studies and to walk in the knowledge path of environmental psychology. She developed studies on urbanization of impoverished settlements, cross cultural studies of residential life in diverse neighbourhoods and, more recently, investigates the spatial logic of urban crimes. As an enthusiast of interdisciplinary approaches, she coordinates INCITI, an institute that aggregates 12 different research groups devoted to studying and finding innovative solutions for problems the arise in the cities. This research group is in charge of the environmental recuperation of a 15 km stretch of the Capibaribe River in Recife, Brazil and the design of a system of parks that are the core of a long term planning in order to improve the city’s quality of life.

English Proficiency

Previous experience of recording video lectures

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Frequency of lectures

Recording opportunities
Habitat III attendance and availability
from 15th to 21st of October


Main themes
Sustainable Cities
Social Inclusion
Planning and Design
Capacity Development

INCITING URBANISM: Solutions and occupations for real transformation of a city

The lecture introduces the experience of emergent urbanism as a process that articulates top to down stakeholders in order to transform the city. The innovative association of a municipal government with an academic team in order to conceive a plan to recuperate an important urban natural environmental system of the city, gave chance to a new process of knowledge creation, repertoires of solutions and social activation of place occupation events to promote the social coalescence of the essential aspects of the projects.

Issues which the lecture addresses
The challenge is how to develop a real transdisciplinary work aimed at sustainable solutions amidst the conflict of nature and the urban occupation in a city. Furthermore, how to engage the dwellers in the process of transformation, how to create visions and to change rooted attitudes. The processes of incitations and activation of a place proved to be very successful and empowering groups to create the city they need.

Short analysis of the above issues
The experience of developing a long term planning articulating urbanization proposal for middle class and poor neighbourhoods provides material to exemplify the activation of the social prototyping process. The project “LabCEUS – Sensitive Cities Laboratories” was implemented in 10 cities in different regions of Brazil promoting the peoples engagement with their culture and territories, discovering new technologies and departing from their strength to change their future.

Propositions for addressing the issue
The lecture introduces a new role of University in the transformation of city life.
The academic knowledge usually criticized for being distant from the reality, but in fact the role of the university showed to overcome political issues and established conflicts.
1. how to produce weaving knowledges
2. analysis and convergence
3. Simple solutions – responding to the wide diversity of places and and communities – negotiating tools aiming at transversal solutions
4.Ephemeral occupation and protytypes: coalescence of ideas, evaluation an redesign of solutions.
5.Metabolism: the incitations of generative solutions and patterns applied to the natural and social domains.
6. successful cases
7. lessons to learn

Additional Reading Materials

Draft presentation