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Reserve Urbanism

The project explores the need to mitigate the imminent change urban centers will face. Whether it be through climate change, economic crisis, catastrophic events, or a shift in populational demographics, the rate at which most urban centers have been growing is unsustainable, and most cities will face periods of shrink/decline. Using Sao Paulo as a case study, the project looks at the urbanscape through the lens of eight variables that shape our need for space. Based on a study of different possible future scenarios, the final proposal is a reserve of buildings that complement the district and satisfy potential future needs. Composed of nine parts that respond to different variables, each one can be activated as needed in order to prevent the area from blight and decay.