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Philosophical perspectives on sustainable development with a focus on the urban poor
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study discusses sustainable development related to the urban poor in informal settlements. It includes also a case study of how the Municipality of Taboão da Serra, a city in the periphery area to SaoPaulo, work for upgrading the favelas. It discusses issues such as which strategies for slum upgrading that are used and which philosophical theories the upgrading projects are related to.

The study is based on literature studies and a two and a half month long field study at the municipal office at Taboão da Serra. During the field studies, a number of interviews and informal conversationswere held. Also visits to favelas and participation observations were made.

The municipality has many projects aimed at upgrading the favelas. Many measures are about a better infrastructure and physical environment, for example waste management, land regularization andbetter roads. There are also measures both at municipal and national level to promote primary education. The municipality also runs programs to reduce unemployment. The upgrading projects have connectionsto both different kinds of utilitarianism and Rawls theory of justice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
SoM EX, 2014-20
Keyword [en]
favelas, the urban poor, sustainable development, slum upgrading
National Category
Other Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147626OAI: diva2:731134
Subject / course
Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering
2014-02-14, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-10-09 Created: 2014-06-30 Last updated: 2014-10-09Bibliographically approved

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