Nova Luz Urban Regeneration
A four-firm consortium has been commissioned by the City of São Paulo, Brazil to address critical redevelopment needs in one of its historic neighborhoods. The project seeks to transform the economically and socially distressed Nova Luz (“new light”) area, which is approximately 50 hectares and located in the city center. Along with AECOM, Rodrigo Azevedo (AAA_Azevedo Agência de Arquitetura: www.aaa.com.br) lead the project management, urban design, urban planning, landscape, and sustainability components of the strategy, which also includes economic and market analysis, environmental impact assessment, and social housing.
The City’s goal is to enhance the urban environment, improve the quality of life for the neighborhood’s socio-economic strata, protect historic and cultural resources, promote public and private investment, and create an exemplar of sustainable development. The team work was to merge elements of the built and green environment to create long-term value and enjoyment in an extremely challenged section of one of the world’s largest cities. Grounded in a public participation process, the Nova Luz project will foster diverse activities, and create and strengthen linkages to surrounding areas. It will capitalize on significant previous investments in adjacent cultural facilities, transportation infrastructure and systems, and parks.
In addition to AECOM, the consortium includes: Brazilian engineering company, Concremat leading the environmental impact assessment; urban and social planning, design, and development organization, Cia City, leading the communication outreach and social housing components; and Brazilian university Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) leading the economic and market analysis.
Project size: 50 ha (150 acres)
Cost: R$14 million total