British Council Researcher Links: Workshop on managing complex social housing urban redevelopment through improved project management and value generation
UK coordinator: Professor Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Brazil coordinator: Professor Carlos Torres Formoso (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Disciplines: Built Environment, Construction Management, Urban Planning
Dates and venue: 16th May – 20th May 2016, campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, we held a workshop on the above theme in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 16th of May to the 20th of May 2016.
The workshop was coordinated by Prof Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda from the University of Huddersfield, UK, and Professor Carlos Torres Formoso, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with contributions by other leading researchers.
The British Council covered the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals.
About the Workshop
There is significant evidence that urban redevelopment programmes for social housing are often inappropriate for users’ needs and fail to deliver the expected socio-economic benefits. Issues in managing such complex programmes set back economic development and directly affect the most vulnerable in society. Causes include inadequate planning; limited collaboration and excessive focus on low initial cost solutions. Improvement strategies are needed to enable better housing, infrastructure, safety and job opportunities. Better platforms for knowledge sharing will enable stakeholders to collectively understand these challenges, to improve integration between different projects, and to critically reflect on existing experiences.
This workshop brought together Brazilian and UK early career researchers to build capacity, contributing to innovative research on such issues. The workshop will stimulate long-term collaboration to tackle this critical challenge by sharing results of previous studies and devising a research roadmap. The workshop focused on the complexity of social urban redevelopment programmes and social housing provision. A research roadmap for the management of complex urban redevelopment programmes and for the evaluation of social housing projects will be developed, setting out the major challenges and opportunities for improvement and better value creation for users. This includes considering the needs of target communities, which today live in conditions below minimum standards. Also, the need for a framework to support the integration of programmes that are fragmented into different projects will be discussed, including considerations of how tools such as Building Information Modelling can support the visualisation of complex urban level data.
Features of the workshop included:
- Keynote presentations by leading academics and by practitioners involved in the management of social housing projects and urban redevelopment programmes
- Early career researcher presentations on current and emerging research
- Group work and activities aimed at sharing knowledge and promoting international and multi-disciplinary research
- A collection of abstracts published as the workshop proceedings
- Development of outline action plans for immediate (within one year), short-term (one to three years) and long-term (three to five years) research work
- A research road map based on the working group discussions, inter-disciplinary work required and major challenges and opportunities.
- All materials delivered during the workshop will be made available as open education resources permitting no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others.
- Online sessions for participants will be organised after 6 months and one year after completing the workshop.