The Strategies Laboratory seeks to promote the development of knowledge based on the interpretation of the local infrastructure of a city or a port area, through the elaboration of urban scenarios that allow the requalification of degraded spaces. It seeks to investigate the configurations of these global territories, diagnosing and designing new urban experiences that arise from scenarios stimulated by networks or strategic systems. These point to possibilities of building a relationship between today's cities, their center with the port and with its spa, which are characterized by connected tourist aspects from the implementation of infrastructure capable of structuring the urban space, enabling the reinvention of complex territories.


It consists in the development of methods and tests that promote design strategies through diagrams that can be applied in urban territories and in degrading port borders, a condition that allows the construction of new urban designs. These territories or borders are the objects for the development of strategies that consist in establishing a balance in the relationship between the city or a port and bathing, through an urbanization process, since this same relationship is directly disturbed by the degradation of the spaces of the port territory. In short, it aims to develop an Urban Project with a focus on degraded urban and port territories, promoting the connection between the city, the hinterland (backland)/port sector and the waters.

Among the main  guiding elements, the Laboratory will follow as a development thesis the following questions:

These objectives, added to the proposed analysis method will experimentally enable the emergence of design elements that are the structuring of urban, economic, political, sustainable scenarios, through mappings, strategies, diagrams and elements that help  in the production and characterization of urbanity in the investigated territories. Among the objectives proposed by the laboratory and its academic considerations that seek reflections in the context of design experiments as a method of teaching practice, this may be the lever for the emergence of other laboratories that will implement new didactic-pedagogical activities.

[ United Nations Development Program ]


    The World Center for Sustainable Development of  UNDP – RIO+ supports the Study Group initiative led by Mackenzie University and Professor Dr. Carlos Andrés Hernández Arriagada . We recognize the methodology developed by the professor as a powerful tool to integrate sustainable development goals into the municipal planning agenda.

    Mackenzie's eagerness to mobilize a group of renowned international universities to support the construction of an international "tank of ideas" to study the application of sustainable concepts to cities and help municipalities to be better prepared to avoid challenges in relation to social and economic aspects and environmental corresponds to the objective of Centro RIO+ to promote dialogue and partnership to achieve a model of sustainable development. It also helps to place Brazilian initiatives that can be an example to promote solutions to implement the SDGs in the Southern Hemisphere.

    In this sense, the RIO+ Center honorably indicates the Mackenzie study group as an important and well-conceived method to identify obstacles and propose solutions for cities and local governments to adopt strategic ideas for intelligent, resilient and sustainable construction. "




Urban or port territories and their cities are opportunities for reconfiguration, generating greater urbanity, and not just urban or port infrastructure.


Which urban design strategies are suitable, at this moment, to provide spaces in a port territory where urbanity is present in the structuring of a complex and dynamic territory?


How can urban infrastructures, which are increasingly complex, determine an adequate urban design that simultaneously meets the needs of users of a territory or a port city?


How can urban territories or port areas be configured not as mere functional infrastructure, but as urban sectors or pleasant sea fronts?