Advancing Infrastructure Equity in Brazil

In São Paulo, occupied high-rise buildings in the city center represent one of the starkest pictures of how infrastructural equity evades vulnerable residents even within contexts of “deep infrastructure”—or urban neighborhoods with abundant access to modern requirements for electricity, water, sanitation, ICT, transportation, and more. This research centers on understanding the emerging partnership and support newly coming out of the city government’s work with residents in occupied high-rise buildings, and in particular, studies the aspects of such efforts involving utilities (like SABESP for water; internet providers, energy, etc) to clarify what works and why in work to connect the unconnected.  

This project is generously funded by the Lemann Foundation and is advancing in partnership with Dr. Patricia Cezario Silva, Adjunct Professor at the Universidade Federal do ABC in Brazil.