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Between the transfer of development rights and the equivalency values: the case study of Natal, Brazil


Free (open access)


Volume 12 (2017), Issue 3



Page Range

379 - 387

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Rethinking the way to distribute goods and services in the view of the Rights of the City and the Transfer of Development Rights requires the analysis of the original premise of equivalency values and rights at Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), as well as how cities that adopt urban plans as rule have reached this role. The right to build through the principle of equivalence values serves as an appropriate guide for the rights to build transacted. That is this equivalence is based on the importance of equalizing the values per square meter between the sending and receiving zones. The main objective of this paper is to demonstrate what parameter values should be considered in the transaction of TDR and how this contributes to the rights of the city. Specifically, this work aims to understand which methods of values should be considered in land management and to demonstrate the impact of inequality in the distribution of goods and services in unplanned urban areas in the face of such a transfer, taking as a case study of city of Natal, Brazil. The methodology follows the qualitative method based through bibliographical documents, legislative revisions and quantitative data from Natal. As a result, problems arise around the differences in values between the prices in urban land management in the various areas of the city. Working with equivalence criteria with TDR is an arduous task for many cities, whether in Brazil and abroad.


development, environment, floor area ratio, land management, quality of life, right to the city, technology, transferable of development right, urban strategies.