Geodesign for Open Spaces Management in Mining-Dependent Urban Settlements

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Luiz Glück Lima, Camila Marques Zyngier, Christian Freitas, Ana Clara Mourão Moura

Mining-dependent urban settlements include villages, cities, and regions that are economically dependent on mining activities. In these areas, mineral extraction is the main source of income, employment, and municipal revenues. In the Iron Quadrangle a territory in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, considered in this study, 19 out of 34 municipalities are mining-dependent urban settlements. Although mining activity is an important source of revenue for these municipalities, the collected funds often do not translate into social and environmental improvements for their population. As a result, these settlements face territorial conflicts generated by the need to reconcile environmental quality preservation with the economic activities of mining carried out by large enterprises. In this study, the potential application of geodesign as a methodological, advisory, and decision-making process is empirically addressed. The objective of applying geodesign is to encourage the effective appropriation of open spaces by communities in mining-dependent urban settlements, considering the environmental control of these spaces for sediment retention and aquifer recharge. The study presented here is composed of two fronts of development. The first is the development of a WebGIS (Web Geographical Information System) for recording and presenting data on environmental control performance indicators of open spaces for the community. The second is the adaptation of the GISColab platform, a tool built for the application of the geodesign method, allowing different users to access a set of territorial data and information, enabling the collective and consensual construction of proposals for the use and function of urban spaces.

Institute of Continuum Mechanics
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Princeton University
Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais
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Civil and Structural Engineering
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