Date of Submission

Spring 5-9-2023

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Mine Hashas-Degertekin


This thesis investigates the complexity of a favela’s physical and social environment , and how urban redevelopment can improve crime prevention for youth .Favelas are informal settlements lying on the outskirts of brazilian cities. The favela of Grajau is located south of the city of Sao Paulo, and it is known for gang related violence, and high crime rates. Statistics show that an average of 240 homicides happen in the district of Grajau. Out of these 240 homicides, 104 are teenagers that were involved in gang related fights. A favela’s urban setting, and its’ lack of social programs have a negative impact on children and teenagers; resulting in more youth getting involved in crime. It is important to Investigate the favela’s urban fabric, as well as its’ social environment understanding the favelas physical characteristics and social environment, or lack of, it may help understand why crime rates among kids are so high. A selection of appropriate urban settings and features along with social programs can help with crime prevention for youth. By keeping kids of the streets it helps reduce crime being committed by kids and teenagers, and it also have a positive impact in their lives. The design concept focuses on the idea to design for the needs of the community, involving locals throughout the design process, giving meaningful change , and empowerment through Urban Redevelopment.