How much of the original urban design of an area leads to its perceived qualities, to its public image, and to its recognition as a special place by its users? In this paper we present the preliminary results of a comparative study of residential areas in the city of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil that are highly regarded as special places by both their communities and the population at large. Our research tries to understand which aspects of the original design of these places still remain today and may be held responsible for their popular success, and which design fundamentals are common to all of them. We will comment on the first case-study in our research, the area called General Glicerio, a residential development of the late thirties.
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