Urban forests management. Design-driven technological routes for wood waste valuing


  • Cyntia Santos Malaguti de Sousa University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Tomás Queiroz Ferreira Barata University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Caio Dutra Profirio de Souza University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Felipe Gustavo de Melo University of São Paulo (Brazil)




urban forest, waste management, wood up-cycling, product design, circular economy


Urban forestry is fundamental to cities’ quality of life and resilience and deserves an effort in planning, management and expansion. This article aims to analyse and systematise technological routes to indicate potential uses of urban tree residues, focusing on the research, teaching and extension activities of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. The methodological procedures consist of: 1) review of related literature; 2) identification and classification of species; 3) analysis of tree management procedures; 4) implementation of experimental projective and productive processes and; 5) conducting capacity building and technology transfer workshops. The results present a mapping of the technological routes indicating a transition to a more sustainable production model for this urban natural capital.


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Received: 27/03/2023; Revised: 11/05/2023; Accepted: 19/05/2023


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Author Biographies

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

Designer and PhD, she is a Full Professor at the Department of Technology. She carries out research on sustainability, future studies and material culture.
E-mail: cyntiamalaguti@usp.br

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

Architect and PhD, he is a Full Professor at the Department of Technology. He carries out research on sustainability and product development – furniture, urban equipment, prefabricated construction systems in wood and materials from renewable sources.
E-mail: barata@usp.br

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

Designer and PhD Candidate, he holds a specialisation course in Material Culture and Consumption. His research focuses on the cultural and social aspects of design, systemic design, and design for sustainability.
E-mail: caiodutra@usp.br

Felipe Gustavo de Melo, University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Craftsman, Designer and M.Sc. Candidate, he is a Researcher of urban wood waste from demolition, post-use disposal and tree pruning for furniture as much as small objects.
E-mail: felipe.gustavo.melo@gmail.com


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How to Cite

Santos Malaguti de Sousa, C., Queiroz Ferreira Barata, T., Dutra Profirio de Souza, C. and de Melo, F. G. (2023) “Urban forests management. Design-driven technological routes for wood waste valuing”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 13, pp. 291–300. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/13252023.

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