Operação Urbana Consorciada Água Espraiada (OUCAE)


The OUCAE comprises an area of 1400 hectares in the southwest region of São Paulo. It is located close to the local airport, alongside the Água Espraiada creek, with the United Nations Avenue on the west and the Imigrantes Highway on the east. The project was launched in 2001 with the acceptance of Municipal Law No. 13.260, which established the guidelines for the delivery of this scheme. The project includes a number of interventions to improve the transportation infrastructure (bridges, viaducts, monorail), drainage, and green public space, and to remove the slums and develop new housing. The projects should be supported by the selling of so-called CEPACs (Certificates of Additional Construction Potential), a security corresponding to additional building rights in the project area. The project is delivered by the public companies São Paulo Urbanism (SP-Urbanismo) and São Paulo Works (SP-Obras).

The image above shows Avenue Roberto Marinho, with the drainage canal of the Água Espraiada creek, the monorail under construction, old homes, and new buildings.


SP-Urbanismo (2017). 44ª Meeting of Conselho Gestor da Operação Urbana, 7 June, 2017. URL: http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/upload/desenvolvimento_urbano/sp_urbanismo/arquivos/GGOUCAE_44a_RO_2017_06_07_apresentacao.pdf (accessed 20 October, 2017).

District Map

Research Area, OUCAE

District Details

Overview of the metropolitan area of São Paulo and the location of OUC Água Espraiada.

Informal settlements in the eastern part of the area.

Favelas on the banks along the Água Espraiada Creek; 8500 families in favelas were registered for removal. Only 780 residential units have been delivered so far.

Ponte Estaiada, the landmark bridge of the OUC, with in the background a new standard of corporate buildings that were built in the area.

New office buildings in an area where extra building rights were acquired through the use of so-called CEPACs: certificates for additional construction potential.

General view of new buildings in the neighbourhood.

Real estate development serving multiple use: a shopping mall, movie theaters, and residences and offices.

Tunnel extension of Chucri Zaidan Street.

Rendering of a social housing project (240 units) which was delivered in 2014.

New residential buildings and remains of informal settlements.

Graffiti in the area; a prior residents’ interpretation of their feeling relative to the current developments.