Posts tagged Complexo do Alemão
For the original by Demerson Couto in Portuguese for Viva Favela click here.
Vila Capão, one of the communities in Complexo do Alemão, could also be called “Villa of the Forgotten.” Around Capão, works debris from the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) merge with open-air sewage and mountains of trash. “With the construction of the cable car, Complexo do Alemão has gained new life to those looking on from the outside. But for us, all of these works have left many marks and old problems continue to exist, such as flooding,” says 85 year-old resident, Alexandrina Brito, who avoids the alleyways full of mud.
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In the dense built environment of favelas, spatial priority is given to housing. Public spaces, then, develop informally out of the leftover places in the urban landscape. Public streets and staircases are adopted as places to meet, discuss and hang out. Additionally, the private realm often extends into the public sphere, resulting in social spaces that include rooftops, terraces and doorways which provide these same functions. These spaces are the residents’ Third Place, ‘great good places’ where everybody knows your name and regulars often meet. It exists beyond the primary place of home and the secondary place of work, offering More >
Last week, Solar Cities Solutions visited the greater Rio area to continue their efforts to build biodigesters in up to four favelas prior to the 2014 World Cup. During this visit the team completed the first set of biodigesters in Niterói that will serve a school in one of the communities affected by the tragic landslides of April 2010. Solar Cities Solutions worked on the Niterói site with Architecture for Humanity (who are concurrently constructing the ninety-person day care center the biodigesters will be utilized by), the future head of the school and local environmental engineers and architects.
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I have never accepted the term “pacification,” adopted as a slogan by the government and repeated all over the media. By consensus, peace is a desired state of mind and something that can be achieved individually or collectively. It is often confused with abundance, since we cannot have peace until we satisfy our basic needs. So without school there is no peace, without health there is no peace, without basic sanitation there is no peace, without leisure there is no peace…but the warrior people of the favelas already know where to find peace, solidarity, joy, and the will to live, More >
Collectives and individuals; community groups, NGOs, alternative media, activists, young people, children and adults; residents of Complexo de Alemão, other favelas and the formal city all gathered in the Praça do Terço, a square in Nova Brasília, Complexo de Alemão on Monday evening for the second public meeting following last Tuesday’s protest and subsequent intense military police operations.
Members of Occupy Alemão, who chaired the public meeting, distributed and read a manifesto, “We want to be happy and walk freely in the favela where we were born.” The manifesto was collectively written by Occupy Alemão, Raizes em Movimento, Educap, Jornal Voz More >