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The Conservation of Urban Structures: Speculations on Political and Spatial Legitimacy

Norma Lacerda
Paulo A F de Queiroz

This essay originates from some speculations regarding urban structures, pointing to some inquiries about a possible analogy between the legitimacy of a political setting and a certain spatial legitimacy ? a topic that might be helpful in the context of urban interventions. Thus, the main objective of this paper is to raise some speculations. It was necessary, then, to try to articulate the following analytical categories: urban structure, collective memory and legitimacy. The path towards this articulation would not be possible without contributions from the social sciences. These ideas provide the grounds for the reflection about a given empirical reality: the urban area of Casa Forte, located in Recife, Brazil.

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