Chapa is an interdisciplinary urban lab established by Kristine Stiphany in the context of a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellowship (#1513395, 2015 - 2017) at The University of Texas at Austin. CHAPA’s primary objective is to complete new connections between data, participation, and urban design in the Latin Global South.
The purpose of CHAPA’s primary study is to measure the impacts of redevelopment (upgrading) approaches on established informal settlements in São Paulo, Brazil. The study is guided by the following major goals:
1 Expand understanding about how incremental, infill, and mass housing typologies interact and reinforce one another within informal settlements.
2 Establish new methods for synthesizing data collection, analysis, and visualization of housing production processes into urban design strategies for adaptive reuse.
3 Promote IT planning tools that enhance civic decision making and participation in urban development, and model scenarios for structuring the future of informal settlements.
CHAPA’s approach to research builds off of the Latin American Housing Network at The University of Texas at Austin.
Visualize some of the data collected through a large-scale household survey in São Paulo here, or by clicking on COMUNIDADOS VISUAL DATABASE, above.
See PUBLICATIONS for research outcomes and notable news.
Enter into contact for methods and the survey instrument.
Once again, welcome!
Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA, APA
For questions, please contact Kristine Stiphany at email@example.com.
CASE STUDIES Heliopolis and São Francisco / São Paulo, Brazil
DEVELOPMENT TYPES Autoconstrução, Muitrão, Cingapura, Urbanização de Favela
Learn about the project approach and methodology though this film presented at the United Nations Habitat III Conference (2016)