CIRCE GAMA MONTEIRO (Federal University of Pernambuco - INCITI)

CIRCE GAMA MONTEIRO (Federal University of Pernambuco - INCITI)

Name : Circe Gama Monteiro
Organization : Federal University of Pernambuco - INCITI
PCG : RESEARCH AND ACADEMIA
 
Background :
I have a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Paraná (1977), Master's on Urban Planning at COPPE - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1979) and D.Phil from University of Oxford - Faculty of Social Studies (1989). I was a visiting professor at UCL – The Bartlett (1998) and at Faculty of Architecture - Sydney University (2005). I hold a professorship at the Graduate Course on Urban Development – Federal University of Pernambuco, and I coordinate a transdisciplinary research group called INCITI/UFPE - Research and Solutions for Better Cities (inciti.org). As an architect, sociologist, urban planner and also as a favela dweller I have a deep understanding of the effects of the built environment upon people and I focused academic studies on urbanization of poor settlements, cross cultural investigation about residential life in diverse neighborhoods and, more recently, the spatial logic of urban criminality. I am a great enthusiast of interdisciplinary approaches and for the last 5 years I have been involved in a collaboration with Recife’s local government to devise a complex project for environmental recuperation and implementation of a system of parks alongside the city’s main river. This innovative project considers inhabitants engagement in the early stages of conceptualization of solutions, as well as, devising participatory models of governance of public spaces. I also took part in coordinating two Urban Thinkers Campus with UN-Habitat (2015/2017) and I am a board member of REDEUS-LAC, a network for sustainable development of cities in Latin America and Caribe (redeuslac.org). As a WUC member I was present in the meetings of WUC 10 in Medellin, WUC 12 in Nairobi, WUC 16 in Quito and WUC 10 in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Past role in constituency/WUC :
INCITI – Research and solution for better cities, is a transdisciplinary research group from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil) that links academic and traditional knowledge aiming at collaborative solutions to change cities into sustainable, inclusive and happier places.
INCITI works as a network of professionals that share the belief that it is time to break the university walls, and share knowledge working directly with local governments and communities in the city. Since 2013, we developed a great project of environmental recuperation in the city of Recife developing a methodology linking Research + Solutions+ Activation.
The activation of a place means to engage the population in the testing of solutions, by inducing social occupation of open and free spaces, prototyping places, activities, evaluating and learning from the outcomes. We were also in charge of a national program, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture called Sensible Cities, developed in 10 regions across the country and promoting workshops for the inclusion of youths in their territories by means of technology and cultural expression.
INCITI’s team participated in the Urban Forum of Medellin, The Habitat 3 (Urban Village) and coordinated The Urban Thinkers Campus in 2015 (Inclusive Cities: Youths and open technologies in urban spaces), collaborating in The City We Need Campaign, and the UTC in 2017 (Waters, ways to sustainable solutions).
INCITI also promotes a series of seminars called “Urban Provocations”, bringing into discussion the cities hot issues, such as racism in public spaces, the right for youth cultural manifestation in parks, the role of police in the public places, the policies toward active mobility in cities and environmental challenges for a sustainable future, among others. During the last decade INCITI became an integrated lab articulating university students, local leaders and building capacities that can be assessed by the presence of former researches in public organizations and in the emergence of organizations dealing with tactical urbanism, youth, children and community development.
The experience of remote work during the pandemia lead to the proposal of tailor made workshops for small municipalities in order to strengthen capacity building for governance and popular engagement in projects aiming at environment recuperation and regeneration articulated with economic opportunities to the community.
INCITI/UFPE belongs also to the Latin American Network of REDEUS – LAC, Red de Desenvolvimiento Urbano Sustenible en Latin America e Caribe.
 
 
Motivations :
Since Habitat 3 in 2015, I am very much concerned with the slow pace of Governments in the implementation of ODS goals. Although organizations are keen to present themselves advocating sustainable goals, the inertia of established ways of doing projects and plans are still huge. The decade of experiences lending academic expertise to local government in order to implement bottom up projects was rare and very rich and has effectively created nudges for transformations in the local culture of city planning.
Name : Circe Gama Monteiro
Organization : Federal University of Pernambuco - INCITI
PCG : RESEARCH AND ACADEMIA
 
Background :
I have a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Paraná (1977), Master's on Urban Planning at COPPE - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1979) and D.Phil from University of Oxford - Faculty of Social Studies (1989). I was a visiting professor at UCL – The Bartlett (1998) and at Faculty of Architecture - Sydney University (2005). I hold a professorship at the Graduate Course on Urban Development – Federal University of Pernambuco, and I coordinate a transdisciplinary research group called INCITI/UFPE - Research and Solutions for Better Cities (inciti.org). As an architect, sociologist, urban planner and also as a favela dweller I have a deep understanding of the effects of the built environment upon people and I focused academic studies on urbanization of poor settlements, cross cultural investigation about residential life in diverse neighborhoods and, more recently, the spatial logic of urban criminality. I am a great enthusiast of interdisciplinary approaches and for the last 5 years I have been involved in a collaboration with Recife’s local government to devise a complex project for environmental recuperation and implementation of a system of parks alongside the city’s main river. This innovative project considers inhabitants engagement in the early stages of conceptualization of solutions, as well as, devising participatory models of governance of public spaces. I also took part in coordinating two Urban Thinkers Campus with UN-Habitat (2015/2017) and I am a board member of REDEUS-LAC, a network for sustainable development of cities in Latin America and Caribe (redeuslac.org). As a WUC member I was present in the meetings of WUC 10 in Medellin, WUC 12 in Nairobi, WUC 16 in Quito and WUC 10 in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Past role in constituency/WUC :
INCITI – Research and solution for better cities, is a transdisciplinary research group from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil) that links academic and traditional knowledge aiming at collaborative solutions to change cities into sustainable, inclusive and happier places.
INCITI works as a network of professionals that share the belief that it is time to break the university walls, and share knowledge working directly with local governments and communities in the city. Since 2013, we developed a great project of environmental recuperation in the city of Recife developing a methodology linking Research + Solutions+ Activation.
The activation of a place means to engage the population in the testing of solutions, by inducing social occupation of open and free spaces, prototyping places, activities, evaluating and learning from the outcomes. We were also in charge of a national program, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture called Sensible Cities, developed in 10 regions across the country and promoting workshops for the inclusion of youths in their territories by means of technology and cultural expression.
INCITI’s team participated in the Urban Forum of Medellin, The Habitat 3 (Urban Village) and coordinated The Urban Thinkers Campus in 2015 (Inclusive Cities: Youths and open technologies in urban spaces), collaborating in The City We Need Campaign, and the UTC in 2017 (Waters, ways to sustainable solutions).
INCITI also promotes a series of seminars called “Urban Provocations”, bringing into discussion the cities hot issues, such as racism in public spaces, the right for youth cultural manifestation in parks, the role of police in the public places, the policies toward active mobility in cities and environmental challenges for a sustainable future, among others. During the last decade INCITI became an integrated lab articulating university students, local leaders and building capacities that can be assessed by the presence of former researches in public organizations and in the emergence of organizations dealing with tactical urbanism, youth, children and community development.
The experience of remote work during the pandemia lead to the proposal of tailor made workshops for small municipalities in order to strengthen capacity building for governance and popular engagement in projects aiming at environment recuperation and regeneration articulated with economic opportunities to the community.
INCITI/UFPE belongs also to the Latin American Network of REDEUS – LAC, Red de Desenvolvimiento Urbano Sustenible en Latin America e Caribe.
 
 
Motivations :
Since Habitat 3 in 2015, I am very much concerned with the slow pace of Governments in the implementation of ODS goals. Although organizations are keen to present themselves advocating sustainable goals, the inertia of established ways of doing projects and plans are still huge. The decade of experiences lending academic expertise to local government in order to implement bottom up projects was rare and very rich and has effectively created nudges for transformations in the local culture of city planning.
The Brazilian new government and the pandemia are aggravating the conditions of communities to be heard. That is what is motivating me, personally to be engaged in international campaigns aiming to help people willing to transform their urban experiences post-pandemia. We need to change ways of consumption, ways of living in cities and the way we think about ourselves in the world. And I would love to be part and help in this endeavor.
 
Vision :
I believe that the Partner Constituent Group should express knowledge from a wide variety of contexts and conditions in order to devise campaigns that really meets the needs of different societies and cultures - and addressing especially the most vulnerable groups of people.
WUC would be looking for innovative ways to involve people and to focus in enforcing nudges of transformations. How to engage people’s minds, hearts and actions in the vision of the possible future? How to induce fruitful collaboration among partners? This is a decisive decade and it is necessary to innovate in the way we engage people. I am a very optimistic and creative person, and I think I can bring also long years of experience with wide range of urban issues. I am also specially concerned with Latin American experiences and lesson of enduring transformation of the way people live in places, neighborhoods and the city.