While there has been a growing utilization of Henri Lefebvre’s concept of the ‘right to the city’, not much has been said about the legal implications of such a concept. This article discusses the main aspects of the legal construction of the ‘right to the city’ in Brazil. Following a discussion of Lefebvre’s contribution to the debate on urban politics, the article analyses the role played by the legal order in the determination of the exclusionary pattern of urban development in Brazil, as well as the role a redefined legal order can have in the processes of urban reform, socio-spatial inclusion, and sustainable development. Emphasis is placed on the main dimensions of the 2001 City Statute, the legal framework governing urban development and management, which recognized the ‘right to the city’ as a collective right, followed by an introduction to the proposed ‘World Charter of the Right to the City’. As a conclusion, it is argued that, while a great deal has already been done to promote the materialization of the ‘right to the city’ in Brazil, there are still serious obstacles to be overcome, and renewed socio-political mobilization is required for the new legal-urban order to be fully implemented.
Una realización completa de los compromisos de la NUA para el cambio estructural – HIC en la Asamblea de ONU Hábitat 2023
Del 5 al 9 de junio de 2023 HIC participará en la Asamblea de ONU Hábitat que se celebrará en Nairobi. El tema de la Asamblea es "Un futuro urbano [...]