Last Friday I finally handed in my master thesis after almost two years working on it - with heavy interruptions. I had to cut some corners in order to meet the deadline, but I am pretty happy with the product, all in all. Had to scrap some graphics and pictures, the print could have been better. there’s always room to improve upon, but it just feels so good to finally hand it in and get this done. In the final phase this thesis was heavily affecting our daily routine, which can be quite a hassle as is with two little kids.
So, yeah, I cannot describe the relieve I felt when this was over. This is another major milestone in this year of big changes. First, my second son was born, now I am finally done with my thesis. Next up will be quitting my job at the cinema after almost ten years and either getting job in my field of work here in Berlin or move to Brazil to start something completely new.
Anyways, for whom it may concern, I added a picture of the thesis along with an abstract. The title translates to: “Where I was born runs a river. A Brazilian landscape portrait.”
Belo Horizonte is one of the first Brazilian cities to be planned on the drawing board. Since its foundation at the end of the 19th century, however, the city has developed quite differently than it was conceived by the planners. This was one of the reasons why the many rivers that cross the city today are invisible and run in concrete canals under large roads and serve as sewers. This master thesis first examines the history of the development of the city in the form of a landscape portrait and considers the gradual degradation of the rivers within the urban fabric. The second part lets the inhabitants of the city speak by means of interviews. Qualitative statements from these interviews serve as a reference point to the memories and the connectedness of the inhabitants to their rivers. The results from both parts will serve as the basis for the discussion of the potential restoration of the rivers of Belo Horizonte.