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We’re honoured to have Ivelise Longhi, President, METRO-DF deliver a presentation on Brasília’s Metro expansion at the inaugural Urban Rail Brazil conference in São Paulo, Brazil on the 17 October 2013.
From a background in architecture and Federal Government, Ivelise Longhi has a distinguished career and commitment to advancing urban planning.
Ivelise Maria Longhi Pereira da Silva graduated in Architecture with a major in Urban Design from the University of Brasília (UNB) before furthering her academic qualifications with studies in Urban Planning at United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Nagoya, Japan.
She joined Brasilia’s Federal District Government (GDF) in 1981 as Chief Architect before becoming Assistant Secretary and Secretary of Works (1991-1994) where she created the Institute of Urban Planning and the Federal District (iPDF) in 1993. Ivelise has served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal District and the Regional Administrator Brasília. Prior to her appointment as President of Metro-DF in May 2012, she was Chief Executive of Codeplan. Codeplan is a public development enterprise created to promote the city’s sustainable industrial development.
In May this year, Ivelise received the prestigious Medal of Merit and Social Public Order of the Federal District in acknowledgement of her services.
Given her professional and political experience, Ivelise is particularly qualified to discuss the qualities and challenges of urban design in Brasília. Brasília is a World-Heritage listed city with unique urban design and economic activities. Compared to other Brazilian cities, such as São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, Brasília has considerable advantages with regards to its green and sustainable perspectives, however these environmental conditions can also present restrictions for planning and construction works.
The expansion of Brasília’s metro provides a great case study in designing a green rail network expansion.
Operated by Metro-DF (Companhia do Metropolitano Federal District), Brasília’s subway system carries about 130 thousand users a day, passing between its 24 stations and two lines (Green Line and Orange Line). On completion of the expansion works, the Metro will carry between 15,000 and 18,000 passengers per hr in both directions.