Management of waste from the pruning of urban greenery. Experiences in São Paulo, Brazil

  • Tomás Queiroz Ferreira Barata University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Cyntia Santos Malaguti de Sousa University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Caio Dutra Profirio de Souza University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Debora Klingenberg University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Keywords: city trees, waste management, wood up-cycling, circular economy, design for sustainability


The waste management of urban greenery is directly related to the sustainability of cities. Architects, designers, managers, and entrepreneurs have used woody residues creatively, in innovative business models, focusing on the transition to a circular economy. This article presents a systemic analysis of experiences on the theme, with an emphasis on the use of woody residues, from the design perspective, taking the State of São Paulo, Brazil, as the locus of investigation. The research covers: consolidation of the theoretical knowledge, bibliographic review on guidelines, best practices and production flow models, and the diagnosis of four local initiatives. The results demonstrate the relevant role of design as an inducer of new business models, as well as the importance of universities, in knowledge dissemination, technology transfer, and new initiatives proposals, with multiplier effects.

Author Biographies

Tomás Queiroz Ferreira Barata, University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Architect and PhD, He is a Full Professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism. He carries out research on sustainability, product development – furniture, urban equipment, prefabricated construction systems in wood and materials from renewable sources.

Cyntia Santos Malaguti de Sousa, University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Designer and PhD, She is a Full Professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism. She carries out research on sustainability, future studies and material culture.

Caio Dutra Profirio de Souza, University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Designer, holds a specialization course in Material Culture and Consumption. He carries out research in user-centred design, design for sustainability.

Debora Klingenberg, University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Forest Engineer, She is a Researcher in Forest Resources at the Luiz de Queiroz School of Agriculture. Specialist in characterization and valorization of residues from urban afforestation and development of products with greater added value.


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Set of solid wood vases (credit: R. Schmidt, 2020). AGATHÓN 09 | 2021
How to Cite
Barata, T. Q. F., Malaguti de Sousa, C. S., Dutra Profirio de Souza, C. and Klingenberg, D. (2021) “Management of waste from the pruning of urban greenery. Experiences in São Paulo, Brazil”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 232-243. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/9232021.
Design | Research & Experimentation
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