Why Brazil needs urban professionals

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all members of society have the right to have an adequate standard of living for the health and well-being of their family, which includes housing.

Thus, housing is characterized as a fundamental right, as it is one of the pillars of social development, where the main links with the territory are established and from where access to essential goods and activities - such as Public Services, Networks and Urban Equipment - emerges. However, the ideal of living with dignity in their place of residence still represents a privilege in the Brazilian scenario. The legal private market residential is restricted to a portion of the population, which in some cities does not exceed 50%. It is for this parcel that Urban Management becomes necessary: ​​laws and codes, employment, maintenance and control of the built environment.

From this, the figure of the professionals who work with Urban Planning is very important as an instrument and tool of social change. It is their responsibility to build quality homes, respecting financial, housing and comfort issues. However, their relevance is not restricted to the built environment, but also in the creation of public spaces, the offer of employment and income options, the generation of activities, animation and dynamics in the cities. In the current days, the duality of the profession - as an Architect or Engineer and as an Urban Planner - is increasingly put to the test, as there are more professional architects or engineers and fewer urban planners. This difference is even more evident when analyzing the undergraduate curriculums of most of the Brazilian universities in which architecture or engineering teaching prevails over urban planning disciplines.

It is from the lack of training of Urban Planning professionals in Brazil and the importance of these in the construction of fair and egalitarian cities, that focusing studies in the area of ​​Urban Planning are important and necessary. There are increasingly unequal urban centers in the country that lack planning that reaches all population and not only a small part of society. There is an increasing need for professionals to study and work on issues related to the development of cities, relating housing, infrastructure, job offers and access to culture and leisure for all. In addition, the increasingly recurrent misunderstandings in Brazilian cities, where environmental, social and economic issues are not respected in the actions taken by politicians and large companies that hold a great deal of decision-making power over the future of cities, are visible. Therefore, works and studies that discuss issues related to Urban Planning are of extreme relevance for the change of this paradigm and also for the construction of a country with equal opportunities for all.

If you want to expand your horizons and see the field of urban management and sustainability with a new perspective, IHS it is the perfect place for you to do it. We know how much potential of grown Brazil has and the need for quality professionals in the area. 

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Author: Eduardo Zdanowicz

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