"Fighting for planning, planning for fighting"; an experience of conflictual planning - Vila Autodromo, Rio de Janeiro

Authors: Carlos Vainer*, Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro
Topics: Planning Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, South America
Keywords: Urban conflicts, Conflictual Planning, Forced Evictions, Sporting Megaevents
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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In the face of conflict, main stream points to participatory and businesslike processes, whose core and primary purpose is to avoid, bypass, mediate or resolve conflicts that are seen as dysfunctional, costly, or anomic. Civic peace and harmony would constitute, in this perspective, the condition through which the corporate city achieves its competitive potential: the polis submits itself to the city, politics gives way to business. Preventing, avoiding and resolving disputes would established the kingdom of a pacified and consensual city (society). Conflictual Planning, on the contrary, points to and bets on the creative potential of conflict, from which emerge collective subjects that rescue the city as political arena, as a place in which citizens face and confront each other to discuss and arbitrate the urbe’s fates. Now it is the polis that imposes itself to the city.
This paper tells the experience of the Popular Plan of Vila Autodromo, a 500 hundred poor households threatened with forced removal by the Olympic Park, main site of Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. With its technicalities and language, planning practices and discourse are usually part of the legitimation process of the capital dynamics and needs. With the technical support of an academic consulting group, the case of the Popular Plan of Vila Autodromo shows that planning practices and discourse can be a weapon of resistance. Fighting for Planning and Planning for Fighting: the Vila Autodromo resistance and alternative planning became an inspiration to many communities in Brazilian citiies.

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