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Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series – Between Public and Private Space: Coexisting Tensions in the Contemporary City

October 29, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Center for Brazilian Studies in its Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series. The lecture, entitled “Between Public and Private Space: Coexisting Tensions in the Contemporary City,” will be given by Andrei Mikhail Zaiatz Crestani.

This presentation is part of the thesis project “Between public and private space: coexisting tensions in the contemporary city”, which seeks to analyze how the production of space and consumption, as the formative basis of sociospatial relations in the contemporary city (ALVES, 2006, 2010; MINTON, 2006; KERN, 2010), articulates the resignification of public and private space. It can currently be seen that urban spaces are gradually losing, in both their form and content, the relationship based on identity and meaning appropriate to each location.

The way in which public and private domains are associated with the interests of the global model of production and consumption reinforces the establishment of a homogeneous urban space in which the distinction between the meanings of public and private are increasingly blurred (LEITE, 2002; BRIGHENTI, 2010; TRIGUEIRO, 2012; NETTO, 2013). The hypothesis of this study is that this resignification of the relationship between public and private space in contemporary cities can be read according to three distinct categories of relationships that occur “in between” these two types of space: dependence, dominance or cooperation. These categories can occur in material or immaterial form and coexist to different degrees in the same space. It is the author’s belief that these ways of interpreting public and private spaces can provide the basis for an analysis of a set of questions related to the contemporary city, including the way in which spatial practices produce and reproduce urban spaces that reflect the global logic of consumption; what factors in the relationship between the way public and private spaces are constituted remain unchanged or undergo dislocations and/or transformations from the point of view of sociospatial relationships (ALVES, 2013); and how global models of spatial production lead to changes in individual and collective sociospatial relationships inscribed in urban places and territories.

Andrei Mikhail Zaiatz Crestani. Andrei is a lecturer on the undergraduate program in architecture and urbanism and the graduate specialization program in landscape architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC-PR). Currently, he is a PhD candidate in architecture and urbanism at the University of São Paulo (CAPES 5) and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Awarded a masters in urban management (CAPES 5) from PUCPR in 2012 with a sandwich period and CAPES grant on the masters program in the planning and design of urban space at the University of Cuyo, Argentina. Qualified as a specialist in landscape planning and design in 2011 (PUCPR). Graduated in architecture and urbanism from PUCPR in 2010 with an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Experience in regional and urban planning with an emphasis on sociospatial issues. Provided technical consultancy in connection with master plans and other strategic planning issues on more than twenty-five projects. Authored articles published in Brazilian architectural, urbanism and urban planning journals on the following topics: the production and configuration of the contemporary city; the public and private domain; public and private spaces and contemporary processes of resignification; urban territories and places; and urban landscape.


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October 29, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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