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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 >
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This is the story of my family from Morro da Providência. Despite the city’s repeated interference, we have managed to stay in the same place since we arrived here. And so begins the story of Bernardino and Aurora….
They came to Rio de Janeiro in 1942, and settled on Morro da Providência, where Bernardino found land he could afford. Bernardino tells his grandchildren how they came from the Northeast by ship during World War II, taking the risk that their boat would be fired on by German submarines, which were attacking ships along the Brazilian coast. When they arrived, More >
Housing rights activists today defend the practice of on-site upgrading of informal communities—as opposed to evicting them—on the basis of historic preservation, low-quality compensation housing, residents’ location-based employment, and squatter legislation. In practice, what has caused favela upgrading to come to pass over the years in Rio de Janeiro More >
“There’s never been violence here.”
“I’d never even thought of the word before they started using it to describe me,” said Regina Sônia Gomes Baptista, known by Sônia, ex-president of Vila União da Curicica, unfolding a newspaper as she stepped out to rejoin us in her sunlit front porch. There, on brown-tinted paper that had been nibbled at the corners by age, stood a younger Sônia in front a younger Vila União, her son quasi-naked in her arms. More >
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Residents of Morro da Providência, the iconic first favela in Brazilian history to be referred to as such and originally named “Morro da Favela,” are opposed to the changes the government aims to implement in the community in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. One of these changes is a gondola that will carry people to and from the port and main metro station, but to reach each end, the gondola will make a stop at the top of Providência. To make way for this project, many families, including ones not directly in the gondola’s way, were informed they will be evicted More >