Mestre D’Armas


ARIS Mestre D’Armas – Tract 2 is located in the Bacia de São Bartolomeu APA, which lies 35km northeast of downtown Brasilia, in the Mestre D’Armas Habitational Sector, Planaltina Administrative Region RA VI.


In 1966, a Development Plan was created to preserve traditional spaces and cultures in the city of Planaltina, thereby organizing the urban space that resulted out of the growth of the population due to the construction of Brasilia. Five years later, in 1971, Vila Buritis was created to house residents from the prior settlement of Vila Tenório at the Núcleo Bandeirante, which displeased residents from the Traditional Sector. The solution found to minimize conflicts was the creation of an architectural barrier with buildings such as a hospital, bus station, the Adonir Guimarães Stadium, courthouse building, and regional administration building to separate the residents from the two areas.


It’s worth noting that during this interim period, in 1969, the spiritual medium Neiva Chaves Zelaya had founded her community Vale do Amanhecer. Irregular settlements continued to grow during the ‘80s and ‘90s. It is around this period that Arapoangas, Mestre D’Armas I to V, and Estância Planaltina were created.

Planaltina Administrative Region. A project for a better Brasilia for everyone.
Once again, Número 1 faced a great challenge: the region concentrated the illegal settlements of Tract 2: Estância Mestre D’Armas I, II, III, IV, V and Rural Mestre D’Armas (Recanto do Sossego). But every obstacle contains major opportunities. The first step would be to evaluate the situation.
The objective: legalize and organize existing housing, as well as correct environmental damage and protect the area’s natural resources.
The strategy: standardize settlements in terms of occupation and density.
The target: improve the quality of life of the population, benefitting everyone through organized public spaces, the protection of natural resources, security of property, and improvements in standards of living.
There was only one alternative: getting to work on one of the most ambitious urban improvement projects that the Federal District had ever seen.

And the improvements began…
On October 15, 2014, the District government approved, through Decree 35,913, the Mestre D’armas Habitational Sector Urbanism Project.
The area that was the object of improvements totaled 271,743 hectares, of which 237,240 contained illegal settlements and 34,503 were new areas. Starting from that point, the consolidated area legalized 3,267 residential lots, 927 category 1 mixed-use lots (which could be single family and/or commercial), 179 category 2 mixed-used lots (which could be multi-family and/or institutional and commercial) and 26 commercial lots, leading to improved quality of life for more than 14,000 people. In the new area, 116 mixed-use lots were created, comprising housing, commerce, and services, for a total of almost 8,000 group housing residential units.