The critical period of potential landslides on hillsides is just beginning. Unlike floods, which form immediately during a very large rainfall, landslides generally depend on a slightly slower process, where the determining factor is the level of saturation of the soil. The houses that fell apart last month, in Complexo do Alemão, did so primarily because of fragile construction, and not movement of the soil. When there is heavy rain for many hours or days, water infiltrates the soil at a higher velocity than it seeps out, generally due to percolation or evaporation. The mechanical resistance of soil greatly diminishes More >
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More than two years after the inauguration of the cable car in Complexo do Alemão, inspired by the model from Colombia, it’s still generating controversy. Morro da Providência, also in Rio de Janeiro, is the second Brazilian favela to receive this mass cable car system. The inauguration will happen soon, although the City’s call center was unable to provide information as to what is causing the delay. In Rocinha, the next favela slated by the city to receive a cable car, a majority of residents are fighting to prevent this from happening. More >
Throughout the year RioOnWatch monitors coverage of Rio’s favelas in the international press, sharing articles via our RioOnWatch Facebook page and in our monthly news digest. We’re always on hand to support journalists in their coverage of Rio’s favelas, providing information and contacts, and are thrilled when international reports successfully represent and communicate community views and concerns in a nuanced way which reflects the complexity of the situation in Rio today. Though we see an improvement in reporting on favelas generally, there are still many articles which are not only inaccurate but dangerous in reinforcing a stigmatized, unidimensional view of Rio’s favelas More >
Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades: Federally-Funded Housing Solutions Through Self-Managed Cooperatives
Every month, representatives of 116 families meet in a warehouse in central Rio. The families currently live in different parts of the city: in the favelas of Parque da Cidade and Providência, the urban occupation Quilombo das Guerreiras, and other parts of Rio’s downtown and Port Zone. Because of their involvement with the social movements Central de Movimentos Populares (Center for Grassroots Movements, or CMP) and União Nacional por Moradia Popular (National Union for Popular Housing, or UMP), and thanks to financing from the federal program Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades, they will soon all live together in an apartment building on the site More >
Reflections After a Year of Protest: Rio de Janeiro as ‘Post-Third World City’ or ‘City of Exception’?
After a year of protest it’s time to re-examine what kind of Rio de Janeiro is emerging from the ‘city project.’
The widely (though not universally) held belief that Brazil had entered a new era of economic stability and social progress was severely dented in June of this year when enormous protests erupted across the country. Although less commented on in the mainstream national and international media, another dominant consensus was also thrown into question by the unrest: the idea that Rio de Janeiro was following a path towards improved urban governance and enhanced integration and social justice. In the wake of More >