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Authors:Gabriel Duarte: Department of Urbanism, SPACELAB – Research Laboratory for the Contemporary City, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Stephan Read: Department of Urbanism, SPACELAB – Research Laboratory for the Contemporary City, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Publication title:The Emergence of the Dirty: Tele Commerce, Metropolitan Sub-Systems and Parallel Economies
Conference:The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena, Sweden, 25–29 October, 2006
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:020
Article No.:008
Abstract:Urban mobility infrastructures leave behind spatial residues that generate regions of ambiguous character, often described as blighted. Paradoxically, such regions also offer optimal conditions for normally undesired urban functions that are related to intense mobility of people and commercial goods/services. They are being silently re-born with very specific functions: heavily connected and ’unwanted’ commerce, where the grime of hardware retail, car-repair and small industrial activities can freely happen. This work investigated cases in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in which formal, social and economical conditions led to the emergence of alternative economies affected by politics of exclusion from local planning agencies. Existing economical and social statistics were cross-referenced against topological and geographical analyses. Through diagrams that confronted both quantitative and qualitative aspects, it was possible to recognize how the study areas operate within hybrid urban scales.

By analysing the paradoxical conditions of these areas, it became clear how provisional the contemporary urban social-economical envelope became. The complex negotiations between metropolitan levels and technologies studied here are crucial for a critical shift on how contemporary urban planning operates. Even with a complete lack of public investment, such areas are having an economical performance comparable to more ’established’ locations and an unimagined socio-political representability.

Language:English
Year:2006
No. of pages:14
Pages:79–92
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/020/008/ecp072008.pdf
Available:2007-03-06
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Gabriel Duarte, Stephan Read (2006). The Emergence of the Dirty: Tele Commerce, Metropolitan Sub-Systems and Parallel Economies, The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena, Sweden, 25–29 October, 2006 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=020;article=008 (accessed 9/21/2014)