Prefeitura de Fortaleza, Administração Indireta, Instituto de Planejamento de Fortaleza (Iplanfor), Diretoria de Articulação e Integração de Políticas (DIART/Iplanfor).
January 2020 - ongoing
Fortaleza, the bustling capital of the State of Ceará in Brazil, emerges as a vibrant tapestry of cultural diversity, intertwining its colonial history, indigenous heritage, and contemporary cosmopolitan influences. Recognised for its avant-garde inclusivity and designated as a “Creative City of Design” by UNESCO, Fortaleza's rich tapestry is further coloured by its coastal charm and the fusion of its urban and marginalised sociourban realities. The city's historical significance, particularly in the context of the national abolition of slavery, is underscored by influential figures like Chico da Matilde, revered as the 'Dragon of the Sea.'
Driven by the ethos of democratisation and participatory urban planning, the 2009 Participatory Master Plan serves as a testament to Fortaleza's commitment to social inclusion, laying the groundwork for the emergence of the “Special Social Interest Zones” (ZEIS) that foster equitable land regularisation and community-based urban development.
Central to Fortaleza's transformative trajectory is the innovative integration of community stakeholders and university institutions in the planning process, epitomising a paradigm shift in shared territorial management. The collaborative partnership between the Fortaleza Planning Institute (Iplanfor) and academic entities facilitated the inclusive participation of local residents as decision-makers, amplifying their agency in shaping urban interventions and policies.
The holistic approach of the Integrated Land Regularization Plans, spanning various social policies and administrative levels, culminated in the establishment of the 'ZEIS Policy,' perpetuating an interconnected web of transport, healthcare, and economic development initiatives. Notably, the experience engendered a profound metamorphosis, harnessing the collective wisdom of the communities, fostering cohesive neighbourhood ties, and empowering the populace towards a dignified existence replete with the fruits of urban living.