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The impacts of renewal projects on urban quality of life: the case of Savassi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Soares Rossi Cordeiro, Carolina (2020) The impacts of renewal projects on urban quality of life: the case of Savassi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Abstract:Urban renewal projects are said to enhance quality of life in cities. Urban renewals can be characterized as area-based design measures, that target improvements in particular life domains, such as economic, social, and environmental. Small-scale renewals have recently been applied in many cities, as a way to increase the quality of life of residents at the neighbourhood level. Quality of life can be measured by assessing specific life domains through a selection of indicators. The objective of this study is to develop an approach that tests the relationship between small-scale urban renewals and objective quality of life, and empirically test it in the Brazilian context. An index approach using the Min-Max rescaling technique was chosen to assess changes in the urban quality of life. The index was constructed by selecting suitable quality of life indicators, based on a literature review. The developed index was applied to the case study of the Savassi renewal, in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. By assessing the relationship between renewals and quality of life, this study provides knowledge on the characteristics of urban renewals in the Brazilian context, in terms of interventions in the urban environment, legislation, and impact assessments. This research also gives insight into the outcomes of urban renewals, regarding their effects on specific quality of life domains. The results of this study show that the Savassi renewal has enhanced the local quality of life and that some quality of life domains had larger improvements than others. Spillovers were also observed in some neighbourhoods adjacent to the renewal location. This study concluded that an index approach is a suitable method for assessing changes in urban quality of life conditions and that the found results can be used to inform future renewal developments in the Brazilian context.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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