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Did you know the oldest favela in Brazil is being destroyed?
Since 2009, Rio’s Port Region has been transformed into a massive construction site by the contractors OAS, Carioca, and Odebrecht. Together these companies have invaded the region with three projects: First, the “Marvellous Port” project – a ‘revitalization’ project coordinated by the Company for Port District Urban Development (CDURP), and financed by public money (FGTS) and by the sale of public land in the region, where 70% of the land is public; Second is the “Morar Carioca” upgrading project in Morro da Providência, which More >
Equipped with a GPS, voice recorder, and pair of cameras, my partner Ana Puhač and I entered Pica-Pau, Cordovil looking to compose a profile of the social, economic, and ecological dimensions that color life in the North Zone favela. Over two months, Irenaldo Honorio da Silva, president of the community’s Neighborhood Association, led us through its alleys and inclines, his quick voice detailing the problems that have festered in the long absence of government services, and the efforts that have emerged from both residents and municipal government to turn the tide.
We now present our More >
Original article from BBC-Brasil available here.
Rio’s Mayor, Eduardo Paes, has already said that the 2016 Olympics are a “wonderful excuse” to make necessary urban changes to the city. But, according to two foreign specialists, the mega-events are excessively regulating the urban changes in Rio in a distorted way: instead of having the Olympics and the World Cup help the city create a long term urban plan of, for example, 50 years, the city is altering itself to accommodate these sporting events.
In her book Planning Olympic Legacies, which came out this year, German More >
Non-governmental organizations in Rio’s favelas that work with art, culture, sport and civic engagement provide structures that allow young people to escape a career of crime and, by actively showing that drugs, violence and crime are far from dominant elements in favela culture, challenge dominant stereotypes in mainstream society. These are some of the findings of Underground Sociabilities, an inter-institutional research project from London School of Economics with AfroReggae and CUFA. Sociability refers to the “play-form of social life and the joy and imagination that accompany the experience of the social.”
The study examines favela life and focuses on how bottom-up NGOs can “rewrite More >
Original article published in Portuguese here.
An evolving project, one that will not solve all of Rio’s problems, much less from one day to the next. This is the realistic and confident way in which Rio State’s Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame defines the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) implemented through much of Rio de Janeiro. In an interview with Vidiga! after an exhibition of the film ‘5x Pacificação’ (5x Pacification), coordinated by Cacá Diegues and directed by Cadu Barcelos, Luciano Vidigal, Rodrigo Felha and Wagner Novais, the same group who directed ‘5x Favela – Agora por Nós Mesmos’ (5x Favela – Now More >