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The 10th Making Liveable Cities Conference will be hosted in Brisbane from 10-11th July, held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Ms. Paula Saad Antonio, Architect and Urban Designer at Arup Pty Ltda will be at this year’s conference speaking on the topic of “Community engagement and participation in the master planning process – lessons from Brazil”.

Many cities recognise the benefits of embedding community participation in the early stages of a master planing project to ensure the absorption of its community’s opinions, aspirations and needs.

For the past few years, Latin American countries have adopted community engagement in the planning process, and cities around Brazil and Colombia have now incorporated this as a one of the first steps in developing plans for urban transformation. Latin American countries are witnessing the interest of organised communities and the public sector has opened the dialogue about what is the city should be for its residents.

My presentation will be based on my experience as a practising architect and urban designer on two major projects in Brazil, in which citizens and developers worked together to accomplish a successful outcome and how this enabled the achievement of a greater ease of implementation when aligned with its end users.

In Sao Paulo, a major slum regeneration project called Favela do Sapo, in which almost 2,000 people were benefited with 700 new dwellings and a new public open space connected with the city network, demonstrates a participatory process between the technical team, the city council and the leaders of that community.

The initiative from the city council was to ensure that the project outcome was in line with the needs of those who live and work in that place and consequently the commitments with the new housing units, commercial and public areas that were generated with the proposal.

The second project is located in Foz do Iguaçu and involved the revision of the City Masterplan and Zoning based on the aspirations of the city council and workshops, in which citizens from different sectors across the city were able to express their ambitions for major changes and the main weaknesses that they were current experiencing within the city.

The outcome of these workshops was the actual return to the master planning team on how to advance on the development of the Strategic Plan that should govern the city’s growth over the next 20 years.