Land Value Capture Approaches in São Paulo: Lessons from Brazil

February 14, 2022 - February 25, 2022


Free, offered in English

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is pleased to launch a new edition of the course Land Value Capture Approaches in São Paulo: Lessons from Brazil. 

This course will explain the legal framework, mechanics, and outcomes of the pathbreaking land value capture approaches developed in São Paulo, Brazil, beginning in the 1990s. Value capture has enabled the city to harness land and real estate value increases as a way to achieve urban development goals, such as infrastructure financing and social housing provision. Lessons from Brazil can inspire and inform policy makers everywhere who are interested in innovative applications of land value capture.

Communities around the world face a massive deficit of investment in infrastructure, public services, and increasingly, climate resilience solutions. Governments have shown an interest in adopting innovative land-based financing approaches, such as value capture tools, to narrow investment gaps. To that end, value capture can enable communities to recover land value increases that result from public investments or administrative actions and reinvest them to create public benefits. The course will highlight São Paulo’s experience using the sale of development rights to pay for infrastructure, affordable housing, and other public goods.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and understand the economic and planning elements that support land value capture 
  • Comprehend technical and contextual aspects of land value capture instruments used in São Paulo
  • Evaluate the results of the São Paulo experience using value capture by getting insights on projects developed through land-based financing mechanisms


This course will be taught in English and is designed for an international audience of researchers, real estate developers, public officials, and policy makers.

For more information, please contact Luis Quintanilla Tamez at


February 14, 2022 - February 25, 2022
Application Period
December 16, 2021 - January 30, 2022
Selection Notification Date
February 7, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Registration Fee


Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use Planning, Land Value, Urban Development, Value Capture