On Wednesday, March 12, Studio-X hosted representatives from four different projects developing sustainable housing innovations across Latin America, in a free and open lecture. The presentations were from winners of a competition run and funded by the American Planning Association, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Department of State, Ashoka Changemakers, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
After sifting through over 200 applications, four projects from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru were chosen because of their focus on community development, environmental concerns and use of sustainable practices. The presentations were followed by a discussion about how planners and designers can innovate to More >
An initially peaceful protest held in Complexo de Alemão on the evening of Tuesday March 11, ended when police fired tear gas and gunshots. This escalated into an intense Military Police operation lasting several hours. The protest was organized by friends and family of two young people arrested on suspicion of involvement with the drug traffic.
The detainees, Kleyton da Rocha Afonso and Hallam Marcilio Gonçalves, were arrested the day before in an operation by Rio de Janeiro’s civil police to capture drug traffickers and suspects for the shooting and death of Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) officer Rodrigo de Souza Paes Leme on the More >
More than 250 families are reported to have been left homeless after demolitions at the Bairro 13 occupation in Santo Cristo in of Rio de Janeiro. Residents report that of approximately 500 families who were removed from the region, only around 110 have been placed into the Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV) program, either having received a house or social rent to hold their place in the program, so far. In breach of the law, residents were not given advanced warning when evictions began on February 26. Those who weren’t placed into the MCMV program were simply given unsigned, unofficial photocopies of documents More >
For the original by Guilherme Junior and Rosilene Milotti in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Viva Favela correspondents Guilherme Junior and Rosilene Milotti watched the São Clemente Grêmio Recreativo Samba School (GRES) parade last Sunday, on the theme “favela.” Read what they had to say about the show!
By Guilherme Junior
“Poor… but rich in emotion/ Free… but a slave to passion/ Favela… I will frame you in watercolor/ Beautiful on this catwalk.” São Clemente chose to respresent the favela with words of exaltation, in a parade that was full of humor and homage to the More >
For the original by Andressa Cabral and Rodrigues Moura in Portuguese for Viva Favela click here.
The democratization of higher education, spurred by scholarship programs and education public policy, is changing the face of many professions that had previously been out of reach of students from low-income families. Such is the case with journalism. Today’s newsrooms reflect a bit more of the diversity of Brazilian society, since they have begun to include more journalists from favelas and the urban periphery. Journalism students Bruno Queiroga, 23, and Monica Leal, 20, residents of Complexo do Alemão, and Marcelo Resende, 21, from Jacarezinho, are part of this More >