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Neither a Hoax nor Art: Politics

Abstract

On a Saturday morning in May 2013, a sign indicating a public work was installed on Padre Belchior Street, in central Belo Horizonte. According to the sign, in just a couple of days the busy street would become a construction site in which the main goal would be to undo four asphalted lanes and bring back instead the late Leitão stream – an urban stream which four decades ago was channeled and covered with concrete, giving place to a roadway. Three days later, the sign was no longer in place and the Federal Police had began to investigate the authors of the "fictitious project" for improper use of government logos. This article recovers this story in order to discuss the relationship between the proccesses that mark how cities are constructed, public participation and urban interventions.

Published:
Pages:185 to 191
Section: Viewpoint
How to Cite
Regaldo, F., Marquez, R., Andrés, R. and Cançado, W. (2019) “Neither a Hoax nor Art: Politics”, The Journal of Public Space, 4(3), pp. 185-191. doi: https://doi.org/10.32891/jps.v4i3.1217.

Author Biographies

Fernanda Regaldo is a political scientist with a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. She writes on childhood in the city and issues related to feminism and urban life.

Renata Marquez is a curator and editor working on art, geography and anthropology. She is also professor at Escola de Arquitetura at the Federal University of Minas Gerais-UFMG, researcher at Cosmopolis Group.

Roberto Andrés is an urbanist, activist and writer. He is a professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and a PHD student at Universidade de São Paulo. He researches urban mobility and insurgencies in public space.

Wellington Cançado is an architect and editor. He is also professor at Escola de Arquitetura at the Federal University of Minas Gerais-UFMG, researcher at Cosmopolis Group and investigates the relations between cities and amerindian cosmopolitics in the Anthropocene.

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