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Troubled by the quality of construction of projects in the Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV, or My House My Life federal housing program), President Dilma Rousseff declared, “I wasn’t elected to give the people shoddy housing.”
The great demographic expansion and territorial occupation that characterize Brazil today date back to the middle of the last century. The cities bore the weight of the population growth and brought marked improvements in social indicators. In seventy years, the urban population has grown from 12 million to 170 million. And urban homes have More >
For original article in Viva Favela click here.
Lack of space has become a chronic problem in Rio’s favelas. It is evident that in the last few years buildings have grown taller. Dribbling the squeeze has become a constant concern. In most cases, there is just one solution: another floor, a Joker for anyone who needs to increase the size of their house, build a new room, or needs new work space. For residents, this is a triumph almost as important as home ownership itself.
Not coincidentally the construction More >
Original article in Portuguese published here.
Projects developed to modernize Rio’s favelas will be presented beginning Tuesday, June 26 in an exhibition called FavelaCity Exchange in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Among the offerings, based on principles of sustainability, are constructions using concrete and bricks made from recycled materials, buildings that optimize natural ventilation and light, and houses with systems to reuse rain water.
All of the proposals were created by Masters and Doctoral students in architecture at Swiss university ETH Zurich, a world leader in multidisciplinary research and education. The group visited Rio communities, such as City of God in the city’s More >
The favela of Asa Branca is one of the communities in the Barra da Tijuca Olympic zone which, like many poor communities across Rio, is under threat, in this case by civil works which are set to cut a swathe through the neighbourhood.
Asa is a rambling low-rise neighbourhood, nestled in among a creek bursting with bulrushes. It is a stable community with no drugs and no armed command. It has high levels of employment and the majority of children are in school. There is a pizza shop, dress store and community post office among others on the main street. There More >