Posts tagged forced evictions
Thousands of families have been occupying the abandoned ex-Telerj complex in Engenho Novo, North Zone, where new arrivals have been claiming residence since Sunday March 30. The occupation involves over 8,000 people, according to the residents, with more arriving every day. Many families left their homes from the communities of Mandela, Rato Molhado, Jacarezinho, Cosmos, Manguinhos, Duque de Caxias and Morro do Sampaio. Others who lived homeless on nearby streets also participated in the occupation.
The space was collectively distributed as families arrived and began to erect their single-space rudimentary barracos (make-shift shelters) made from plywood and reclaimed materials, without any roof, furniture, More >
With the recent military occupation of the Complexo da Maré, Brazilian and international media have turned their attention to this group of favelas in Rio’s North Zone. Yet Maré and its residents are so often mischaracterized in the same fashion: helpless, desperate and violent. “The notorious Maré shanty town” is, reads an AFP communiqué widely distributed internationally, “a haven for organized crime and one of the city’s most dangerous places.” Local coverage was often no less skewed, with Rio-based O Globo describing it as “one of the most violent regions in the city,” in which, passively, “residents hope for days of peace” following the arrival More >
Book Review: Cidade de Deus–Working with Informalized Mass Housing in Brazil by Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl
Cidade de Deus–Working with Informalized Mass Housing in Brazil is a 2013 publication by Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl, in collaboration with Something Fantastic, presenting a researched-based design study by the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design program at the ETH Zurich. Providing a case study of City of God, from historical research to an analysis on how CDD (by its Portuguese acronym) developed, from its beginnings as a planned housing project to one of Brazil’s most famous favelas, the book unveils the actual architectural processes and interfaces of the formal/informal relationship in the neighborhood.
The military dictatorship in Brazil began More >
Following the events of this week in which the injunction preventing demolitions in Vila Autódromo was overturned by leaders of the Public Defenders’ Office, the public defenders from the Housing and Land Office (NUTH) who have represented the community for years released the following note:
In 2013, the Núcleo de Terras e Habitação (NUTH, or Housing and Land Office of Rio State Public Defenders) filed a public civil suit seeking a declaration to nullify the demolition permit of houses situated in Vila Autódromo, a community that has battled against successive removal attempts since 1993.
The petition requested an injunction that would prevent any further More >
The injunction preventing further demolitions in Vila Autódromo has been overturned. On Tuesday March 25, the head of the Rio State Public Defenders’ Office, whose Housing and Lands Office (NUTH) legally represents the community and has for years worked with residents fighting to remain, requested a partial suspension of the injunction the NUTH itself had filed and won days prior.
The partial suspension on the injunction was requested Monday morning, March 24, when a small group of Vila Autódromo residents who had signed contracts for Parque Carioca apartments met with Public Defenders in the Neighborhood Association to clarify misunderstandings about the recent court More >