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Challenges and trends: The trajectory of urban preservation in Florianópolis / Santa Catarina island / Brazil

Betina Adams

Florianópolis is a city with a rich and diverse history. However, this island city - located off the coast of southern Brazil - currently is undergoing a far-reaching rate of growth that threatens to overwhelm nearly every aspect of the city?s historic, cultural, and natural heritage. This growth, due to the increasing number of permanent residents and tourists, represents challenges and opportunities for the Institute for Urban Planning in Florianópolis (IPUF), the organization which was founded in 1977 and linked to the municipality, and whose two-pronged mandate is to oversee not only the urban planning and development of the city, but also its historic preservation. Now, that the city has achieved the protection of some areas of historical and cultural significance, IPUF seeks to begin incorporating a variety of new, but vitally important variables into its efforts to preserve the city?s dynamic past while overseeing its future growth. The important aspects which may be included are as follow: its historic heritage, the waterfront/ocean, the particular ecosystem and residents? diverse ethnic backgrounds. The challenge is to transform these potentials that till now have been the ?virtual mainstay of the city? into instruments of lifestyle quality and equilibrated development. These elements are options that until now have not been seen as potentials, and therefore aren?t treated as fundamental values of the city. They have to be brought into evidence in order that the invaluable resources of Florianópolis can remain preserved and protected for an indefinite future

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