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Methods and Applications of Geospatial Technology in Sustainable Urbanism
Official designation used by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics to define, identify, and characterize urban informal settlements, based on information from census data.
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Counter-Mapping Practices in Land Regularization Through Geoinformation Technologies: The ÉPURA Group Experience in Cuiabá, Brazil
Andrea Figueiredo Arruda (Faculdade de Arquitetura, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Brazil), Cristina Delgado Henriques (CIAUD, Faculdade de Arquitetura, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), and Claudio Santos de Miranda (Faculdade de Arquitetura, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2249-3.ch013
This chapter outlines the experience of the Épura Research and Extension Group of the Federal University of Mato Grosso for the identification, characterization, and demarcation of informal settlements in Cuiabá (Brazil). This involved cooperating with the local residents' associations and public authorities in recognizing local demands and the need to open up urban land regularization processes. The cartographic issue is central to the recognition and legitimization of these territories and the use of geoinformation technologies, namely geographic information systems and unmanned aerial vehicles, can increase the speed and accuracy of the mapping of the neighborhoods. Additionally, the demands for urban and housing improvements and provision of space for everyday activities can be highlighted through the visualization and measuring tools that are embodied in these technologies. Furthermore, the experience requires the university to play a role in seeking more participatory and proactive practices within urban planning processes.
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